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