‘Choose cour­ses that can be linked to good place­ments’

Skill devel­op­ment nec­es­sary to en­sure jobs for all, say ex­perts

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Gauri Kohli

Ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions get you the job, but it is also nec­es­sary to find out how to de­velop the skills that will take you ahead of oth­ers. As for the em­ploy­ers, the big­gest chal­lenge to­day is get­ting the right can­di­date with the right skills for a par­tic­u­lar job role.

Ac­cord­ing to the Fic­ciErnst and Young ‘Knowl­edge pa­per on skill devel­op­ment in In­dia,’ pub­lished in Septem­ber 2012, for In­dia, the dif­fi­culty level for or­gan­i­sa­tions to fill up the jobs is 48%, which is above the global stan­dard of 34% in 2012.

Mak­ing your­self em­ploy­able

So how can this chal­lenge be ad­dressed? “The ob­ses­sion with de­grees has to stop. The lure of a de­gree at any cost - ir­re­spec­tive of whether its pos­ses­sion would lead to jobs and in­crease em­ploy­a­bil­ity - needs to be re­placed by the mind­set of ac­quir­ing a set of skills that would en­able the per­son to find jobs or be gain­fully self-em­ployed,” says Dilip Chenoy, CEO and MD, Na­tional Skill Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

To be­come em­ploy­able, RCM Reddy, chair­man, Ficci Skills Devel­op­ment Fo­rum, says, “You ought to have deep un­der­stand­ing of the do­main you plan to work in with both the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal skills in place. Soft skills, func­tional knowl­edge of English and ba­sic dig­i­tal lit­er­acy are also nec­es­sary across all sec­tors and lev­els. Stu­dents must also re­mem­ber not to go for just any de­gree. Iden­tify your own skills first and then go for the sec­tor and pro­gramme. You must choose cour­ses that can

be linked to good place­ments.”

Thumbs up to skill devel­op­ment

Skill devel­op­ment is one of the pri­or­ity agen­das of the government for the Twelfth Five Year Plan. The government has dou­bled the al­lo­ca­tion of funds for skill devel­op­ment un­der the Na­tional Skill Devel­op­ment Fund by R10 bil­lion in the Union Bud­get 201213. The to­tal cor­pus of funds has been in­creased to R25 bil­lion. Set­ting up a vir­tual skill devel­op­ment re­source net­work link­ing 50,000 skill devel­op­ment cen­tres is also on its agenda.

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