A national skill development policy will be rolled out by the Modi government by mid-March, announced Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship on his visit to Ahmedabad on Thursday.
Speaking on the sidelines of inaugurating the Academy for Vocational Education at the Ahmedabad Management Association, Rudy said, “We will have a national policy on skill development very soon. The 5-year skill development policy which was proposed by the UPA in 2009 is over and has already been reviewed, and a new national skill development policy should be out anywhere by mid March. We are also looking at corporate houses for tie-ups to aid us in this.”
The Union minister who arrived two hours late to the event had earlier visited the 13th annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas event in Gandhinagar, where a skills pavilion was also set up by his ministry with a specially created pavilion titled “Hunar Yatra”.
Giving a broad outlook on the road ahead for his ministry, Rudy said, “The demand today in the construction (infrastructure) industry alone in India for skilled people by the year 2020 is 10 crores, while in the construction industry it is 3.3 crores and in the textile and clothing industries it is 1.42 crore people.
“These are the shortages we have and the shortage of skilled people that economy needs is to the tune of 30 crores. If we take into account the percentage of people skilled in the total workforce for UK is 70%… for Germany it is 75%.. for Japan it is 80% and Korea the number of skilled workers is 96% currently.. while the figures for India is less than 2% people who are skilled. We need out of box solution ideas to scale this from 2 to 8%, otherwise how do you build a nation without skilled manpower? this is the biggest challenge. It was with this very idea that this body (skill development ministry was created.”
Citing how national resources like Indian railways and the Indian army personnel can be tapped for infrastructure and its skilled manpower for a common cause Rudy said, “There are around 1.5 million people in the Indian army and about 3 percent retire there with an average of about 20 years of service. In the last year of service, we could make them disciplined trainers who can go back to his village as an entrepreneur and a trainer. These are the out-of-box solutions the country needs now as it cannot be run of the mill now. The private sector has to come and partner here in all these challenges if it also has to grow.”