“The long-term plans are comprehensive and strategically aligned to national priorities, including initiatives such as Make in India, green hydrogen, drones, semiconductors, smart mobility, electronics, defence and space,” a senior government official told ET . “Besides, the government is putting in place a robust quality assurance mechanism to ensure that skill development initiatives meet international benchmarks.”
The government believes that the availability of a large pool of readily available workforce trained with new-age technologies will serve the twin purposes of attracting investments into the country while also meeting the rising demand for skilled workforce in the Gulf countries, Japan, Germany and Australia, among others. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), however, feels that along with the focus on new-age courses such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science, there is a need to set up skilling centres in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) clusters as these businesses do not have the resources to continuously reskill and upskill their workers.
“Equipping India’s young minds with industry-ready skills along with reskilling and upskilling the workforce will enable a talent pool of deployment readily, thus attracting global giants seeking skilled manpower and boosting employment opportunities,” said Aditya Ghosh, chairman of the CII’s national committee on skill development and livelihood.
However, the vast expanse of India is posing a challenge for the government in providing widespread accessibility of skill development programmes. “The ministry is diligently working to bridge the gap between urban and remote areas, striving to extend the benefits of skill enhancement to every corner of the country through collaboration with industry and other stakeholders,” said the official .