Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Friday said his ministry is planning to use infrastructure at sparsely used railway stations for skill development of residents in the area.
Delivering a lecture during the inauguration of Campus Entrepreneurship and Incubation programme organised by National Yuva Cooperative Society (NYCS) and Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) on the varsity campus, he said, “We have the world’s largest network of rails, with over 8,000 railway station across the country. Almost all the stations have basic infrastructure like 24×7 water and electricity and advanced facilities like fiber optic network on its premises. Of the 8,000 railway stations, over 3,000 are not very busy and hardly a train or two passes through them in a day. The infrastructure available at these stations can be used for the skill development of residents in the area. To make this possible, we are in talks with the Indian Railways,” said Rudy.
Talking about the need for resource persons, Rudy said retired officials can be roped in to conduct skill development training. “People retiring from the army can be made trainers or entrepreneurs so that they can start their own business or work as trainers for the skill development of fellow residents. We are in talks with the defence ministry on the issue,” said Rudy.
Rudy said Germany has 70 per cent of skilled workers while this number is as high as 96 per cent in South Korea. “On the contrary, India has only 2 per cent of skilled manpower. We need to change this scenario,” added Rudy, who promised the varsity his full support in conducting skill development courses started with the help of National Skill Development Corporation.
Vice-Chancellor W N Gade said there was a need for better interface between the industry and the academia. Rajesh Pande of NYCS said it is important to start skill development programmes at the grassroot level.