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Stress on vocational education

india Updated: Nov 07, 2006 01:55 IST
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NATIONAL KNOWLEDGE Commission (NKC) is laying stress on vocational education along with regular academics. Ashok Ganguly, member of NKC said that the commission had already made some recommendations in this regard.

He said that the major challenge was to provide such education.

While speaking at the PHDCCI seminar on ‘Challenges before Small and Medium Scale Industries’ on Monday, Ganguly said that if SMEs have to make a mark they would have to innovate and excel.

He said that the decision to include vocational education in the course curriculum was also aimed at helping students think about either starting their own businesses early or contribute effectively in the small and medium scale industry sector.

Principal secretary, small industries and export promotion, Govindan Nayar said that the State Government had decided to give priority to boosting small scale industries’ and several steps had been initiated in this direction.

He said that the SMEs did have a challenge on their hand and they would be able to survive only if they were able to improve quality and ensure proper services.

Officiating director of Centre For International Trade in Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries, Vijay Sardana said that while formulating policies for the betterment of the SMEs, one must keep the Indian situation in mind.

“We cannot get carried by western concept which may not be workable in the longer run,” he said. Prof Jayant Chatterjee from IIT Kanpur said that new experiments and innovation was required for the manufacturing sector to excel.

Osama Manjar, director of Digital Empowerment Foundation said that without using the benefits of IT, it was not possible to bring about a turnaround in the fortunes of SMEs.