Make in India cannot happen without makers in India

4 March 2016: New Delhi

300 engineering colleges shut as industry wants more skilled workers, not more engineers: Rajiv Pratap Rudy

(L-R) Rekha Sethi, Director General, AIMA; Sanjiv Goenka, Conclave Chairman and Chairman, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group; Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State (IC) of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India and Firdose Vandrevala, President, AlMA

About 8.5 lakh engineering seats are vacant in the country because industry does not want more engineers but more skilled entry-level people, said Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State (independent charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship at National Leadership Summit organized by All India Management Association. The infrastructure of many closed engineering colleges was being used to run ITI and diploma programmes, the Minister said. "Make in India will not happen unless we have makers in India," said Rudy. He said that now there were 80 skill schemes in 24 ministries and a large number of skills councils had been formed with the industry. The Minister said that his aspiration was to see a day when matrimonial ads would say that the desired son-in-law should be a master chef or a master plumber. He attributed the lack of aspirations for skills in India to the general ignorance about the levels of sophistication in skills. "My job is to help those who are earning Rs 2000-3000 a month to earn Rs 10,000-12,000 a month," he said. Rudy also said that the government will pass the National Skills Qualifications Framework Act to enable movement of people across vocational and general education.

Firdose Vandrevala, President, AIMA shared that AIMA had formed the Management & Entrepreneurship and Professional Skills Council to develop occupational standards, training content and methodology and certification mechanism for business skills required by every sector of the economy. The Skill Council planned to train and certify approximately 4.75 lakhs trainees, develop 50 Qualifications Packs or National Occupational Standards, and train more than 550 Trainers over next 10 years, he informed.

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