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The Economic Times | ET Bureau |  Nov 10, 2016  |

NEW DELHI: The skill development ministry is eyeing a big arm of the human resource development ministry — the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) — to integrate with itself as it strives to impart skills training to 50 crore people by 2022.  “Engineering has to become part of this whole skill ecosystem. At some point of time AICTE could be considered as part of the skilling ecosystem. But it shall take off,” skill development minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said on Wednesday.  “It’s a radical idea and may get dismissed by academicians but that system has not actually worked,” he said. Rudy said that out of 18 lakh engineering seats almost nine lakh are vacant, explaining the rationale of the drastic proposal mooted by his ministry. “I am discussing this with the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar and he is keen to take it forward,” he said.  He was addressing a media briefing on the sidelines of the state skill ministers’ meet.  About 10 million people enter the country’s workforce every year, posing a huge challenge for the government to provide jobs to all.  The ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship also plans to soon seek Cabinet approval to establish industrial training institutes in 2,500 blocks in the country to help Skill India mission gather momentum in a manner that it is geographically spaced.  “There are 2,500 blocks in this country (where) we do not have any ITIs (industrial training institutes) or equivalent. We are bringing a Cabinet proposal to establish such 2,500 ITIs across the country,” Rudy said.

At present, there are about 14,000 ITIs in the country but they are not equally spread across India.  The proposed 2,500 ITIs will not be under the National Council for Vocational Training alone but also have courses under National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) for shortterm skilling.  Pointing out the disparity in courses offered by ITIs, Rudy said that out of 18 lakh students going to ITIs, 11 lakh are trained in only two trades – fitter and electrician – although there are 127 trades.  Addressing the states, the skill development minister said that the biggest challenge for him is to integrate the two parallel systems of skill training under the Directorate General of Training and the National Skills Development Corporation, besides ensuring that just like the Centre the states converge all skill related schemes for better implementation.  “Skilling is very close to the Prime Minister and I depend on states for my success,” he said. –  Courtesy


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