In this edition of our fortnightly update we will take a quick look at the happenings in the area of on the job training, skill development and vocational education in India.
In an event organized by the Technical Education Department 300 trained ITI students were handed over placement orders in Kashmir. Down, south, in Tiruchi Central Prison, 26 convicts got certificates for completing vocational training in welding. In Bihar, various skill development programs were launched in three madrassas; the training will be imparted by Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills (MANAS).
New courses and initiatives
- Media and Entertainment: FICCI will offer a Certification Programme in Media and Entertainment to overcome the shortage of skilled workers in this industry. The chairman of FICCI’s Media & Entertainment Skills Council, Mr. Kamal Haasan, said that the federation is working with unions to run workshops and certification of institutes in the country.
- Bakery technology and Management: Training program in Bakery Technology and Management launched by Assocom Institute (AIBTM) in Delhi NCR, under PMKVY. The bakery industry is one of the largest among the processed food industries in India , which is estimated at USD 200 billion.
- Certificate course for exporters and entrepreneurs: An Online Certificate programme for exporters and importers was launched by the Commerce Ministry in collaboration with Indian Institute of Foreign Trade IIFT. The programme ‘NiryatBandhu @ Your Desktop’ would enable exporters and importers to learn the essentials of trading.
On-the Job Training
- Employees of Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited (MSPDC) will be trained in skilled and certified as per their job requirements.
- The Leather Sector Skill Council plans to train an estimated 25,000 people in Tamil Nadu this year to acquire various skills related to the industry. 35% of the country’s leather manufacturers are in TN.
- The Government of Punjab has approved new courses and curriculum for skill development in various streams which would be offered to nearly 15,000. This will cover health care and paramedics, horticulture, agriculture, allied farming and construction activity.
- A multi-skill development centre has been inaugurated in the premises of NTPC’s power plant at Kanhia, Odisha. It will provide skill training in different trades keeping in view the requirement of local industries.
Emphasis on soft skills: Major plan to include soft skills in vocational programs at ITI
- The emphasis on soft skills as a basic requirement for employability is reinforced by the government’s plan to roll out different courses. 500 hours of training content on soft skills like interpersonal communication and functional English, basic IT skill, social media and productivity tools
- Soft skills are equally essential for research scholars to develop employability skills. It will bridge the gap between education and employment, emphasizes, Prof. S. Subbiah, Vice-Chancellor of Alagappa University.
Compiled and edited by Team@NSN