Govt think tank raises con­cerns on higher ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­a­bil­ity and skill de­vel­op­ment

Governance Now - - BRIEFINGS -

niti Aayog in its three-year ac­tion plan re­leased in Au­gust sug­gests that in­dia needs to cre­ate 20 world-class uni­ver­si­ties and pro­vide au­ton­omy to top col­leges. it also says that the gov­ern­ment should fo­cus on vo­ca­tional and pro­fes­sional ed­u­ca­tion and es­tab­lish a sys­tem of project and scholar spe­cific re­search grants. The ac­tion plan crit­cises the place­ment per­cent­age of na­tional skill de­vel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion (nsdc) stat­ing that out of 24.9 lakh skilled peo­ple only 12 lakh were placed in 2014-15, which is not even 50%. The ac­tion plan rec­om­mends a place­ment tar­get of 80% by 2020. it also talks about set­ting up a skill as­sess­ment board in next three years. The gov­ern­ment’s think tank also raises con­cerns of em­ploy­a­bil­ity quot­ing a re­port that found only 18% of 1.5 lakh engi­neer­ing grad­u­ates em­ploy­able in the soft­wards ser­vice sec­tor.

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