India International Skill Development Summit & Exhibition (IISDSE 2016) – A Report


The first ever India International Skill Development Summit & Exhibition (IISDSE 2016) was organised by Europe India Foundation for Excellence (EIFE), on 21-22 November 2016 at The Grand Hotel in New Delhi. The 2-day summit saw active participation from 35 European skill development and Vocational Education and Training (VET) organizations along with the Indian counterparts to explore opportunities for collaboration between India and Europe.

The 45 speakers represented organizations like: NSDC, CAF, Aditya Birla Foundation, Reliance Jio Infocom, Kohinoor Technical Institute and Tata Motors from India; OECD, UIMM and Nanterre University from France; Bosch, TUV Rhineland, GSI-SLV, BFZ, LD Didactic from Germany, ETH from Switzerland; State Skill Development missions (Maharashtra, Sikkim, Odisha, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh), Sector Skill Councils and NGOs.

iisds-2016-a-reportBeing the official online media partner for the event, National Skills Network – NSN, has been closely associated with the event right from early stages and has interacted with the organisers, speakers and participants. It was tremendous learning while listening to all the speakers and the interactions on the days of the event. Our team has captured the key perspectives and reflections that summarise the event and guide us for follow-up and further action.

The 5 – page report is divided into three sections: Section 1: The Indian perspective (national and state level skill development, corporate, CSR and Sector Skill Councils); Section 2: The International perspective (industry and research) and Section 3: Reflections on the proceedings.

count-christopher-de-breza-iisds2016The event was introduced by Christine Nayagam, Director, Media India Group. In the first plenary session, Count Christoper de Breza, founder EIFE, briefed the audience about his personal experience in India and his vision for building sustainable collaboration models between India and the European Union for skilling India. Acknowledging the fact that skill deficit is a global problem, he said that IISDSE 2016 could become India’s international platform of choice to discuss, deliberate and conduct business in skill development in the emerging economy. Ranvir Nayar, Director, EIFE anchored some of the plenary sessions and shared his insights on the proceedings.

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Section 1: The Indian perspective

The Indian plenary session was conducted by R. C. Reddy, CEO, IL&FS. He encouraged the audience to explore news ways to collaborate with European Union on the future of jobs, automation, robotics through research. He drew attention on the need to acquire new skills to match emerging technologies and how long-term skilling programs and courses like B.Voc can open up multiple career paths. Besides ideas for making skills aspirational, he also felt the need to come up with models for job creators, such as independent people, women, entrepreneurs and SMEs.

iisds2016-nsdc-manish-kumarManish Kumar, CEO, NSDC, briefed the audience about the critical role of NSDC in implementing the vision for Skill India through 40+ Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) that standardize the course curriculum for various jobs roles in the industry. He also mentioned the career pathways that would get created and help in enhancing the aspirational value of skills as there is interoperability between vocational and academic streams in compliance with NSQF. Referring to the recent NSDC Training Partners’ Meet he the concern about risk perception in training. Some points about the private sector’s concern with the ROI:

  • 70% of the training partners expected a return of 15% to 20% and others expected more than 25%
  • To mitigate the risk it is important that we create a policy environment that reduces the perception of risk by bringing it down to 10 % for making it sustainable
  • One of the ways to overcome the skepticism among training partner is to supplement with research, the positive changes that come in the lives of people through skilling; this requires continuous study for coming up with recommendations to help the policy makers

Skill development in Odisha

Speakers: Arun Kumar Sahoo, Minister Panchayati Raj, Law; Pranabjyoti Nath, Addl Secretary, Govt of Odisha; B N Das, Executive Director, Govt of Odisha; Prof Mukti Mishra, President, CUTM and Gram Tarang

The emergence of Odisha as an investor friendly state was emphasised by all the speakers in different sessions. The government has come up with StartUp Policy and Skilling for Youth policies to train and employ youth by avoiding migration.

  • Odisha is naturally blessed with minerals, resources and with 43% of population with less that 35 years, skill development is being leveraged as a powerful tool.
  • 18 government departments are involved in integrating every aspect of skilling ecosystem from schools to colleges, ITI and advanced training institute.
  • With harmonious balance of natural resources for economic investment, Odisha now needs good training partners who would be treated as development partners.

Pranabjyothi Nath provided an account of how under the DDUGKY scheme 30000 youth are trained annually with the help of 69 training partners (or Project Implementation Agencies – PIAs) at 85 centers. The government is focused on large-scale mass mobilisation of 1,47 000 youth and link them with training partners as per their liking and counsel them in skilling areas. There is also special focus on the imbibing quality and standardisation, along with information on who needs to be trained, skill gaps in districts and so on.

Describing the Centurion University as the only one-of-its kind in the tribal belt of Odisha, Prof Mukti Mishra emphasised the need to strengthen our manufacturing base along with the need for capacity, competency, dexterity. He defined the skilled person as someone who uses the least resource to produce the most output. He also spoke about the inclusive model of the university which instills pride in manual work and shows the students prospects and pathways to the world of work.

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