THE LEGISLATION to establish skill development universities at state level has been proposed but the stalling of Parliamentary work by Congress and opposition parties due is hampering the passage of this bill, said Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. He also said that if the legislation is brought in, Maharashtra will be the first to have a skill development university in the country.
Rudy was in Pune on Tuesday to attend a seminar on health skills organised by the Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences.
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the event, Rudy said that a committee was set up under the leadership of NITI Aayog chief Prakash Singh Badal to come up with various plans for skill development in the country.
“The role of Maharashtra in this regard is commendable based on committee’s observations. It is possible that looking at this state’s steps towards skill development, the first varsity may come up here,” he said.
Speaking about the deadlock in Parliament, he said it is unfortunate that opposition parties aren’t allowing things to function which is hampering the country. “It is an unfortunate situation yet Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to discuss matters through the all-party meet,” he said.
Asked about the JNU row, Rudy categorically said it is the job of the government to act against sedition. Stating that students at JNU openly supported seditionist statements during the incident on campus and opposed both court as well as President’s decision to hang Parliament attacker. “Such students are finding support from Rahul Gandhi and Sitaram Yechury and we oppose it,” he said. Speaking at the main function, Rudy said most investments were made in education for a long time with very little coming to skills training.
Stating that on Tuesday, discussions took place with Symbiosis and other institutions on skilled manpower needed for health sector, he said, training will be provided under National Skill Qualification Framework to provide training for jobs beyond purview of nursing and medical council. He added that 40 councils have been created under the National Skill Development Corporation which includes health, construction, life sciences, beauty and wellness, retail and so on.
“In the next five years, we need 3 crore skilled manpower for construction jobs, 1.6 crore for retail industry, 40 lakh in automative and that’s why for the first time, skills development is being taken up at national level,” added Rudy.