S Ramadorai to run skill development programme

The Prime Minister’s Office has managed to broker a truce between the warring ministries of labour and human resource development over who gets to run a skill development and certification framework

Written by Surabhi | New Delhi | Published:May 14, 2012 12:28 am

The Prime Minister’s Office has managed to broker a truce between the warring ministries of labour and human resource development over who gets to run a skill development and certification framework.

Prime Minister’s adviser for National Skill Development Council and former CEO of Tata Consultancy Services S Ramadorai has been mandated to merge and coordinate the implementation of the qualification frameworks being developed by the two ministries that are aimed at providing skill development and vocational training to youth.

“Since both the ministries have done extensive work on their projects,it has been decided at a meeting taken at the PMO earlier this week,that Mr Ramadorai will merge the two and supervise their functioning. The plan will be formally announced once it gets approved by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,” said a senior labour ministry official.

The issue was first referred to the PMO by Planning Commission member Narendra Jadhav. Under PMO’s direction,a task force under Jadhav set up to resolve this,has suggested that the two frameworks be merged and a central mechanism under the Plan panel implement the framework. Both ministries had however refused to yield to the plan.

The PMO’s solution is now expected to end the almost three-year-long turf war between the labour ministry headed by Mallikarjun Kharge and the Kapil Sibal led HRD ministry.

The two have been working independently to design and develop the framework that will potentially make over 500 million youth employable over the next decade.

The labour ministry contends that its National Vocational Qualification Framework that would target youth who are outside the school framework such as dropouts,illiterates and semi-literates has been in the making since 2009.

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