Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Petroleum and Natural Gas on Friday underlined the importance of the critical issue of skill development in India. He emphasised the development of an ecosystem in the country in which people think that the work they are doing is helping in improving their skills and creating jobs for others as well. While speaking at the 10th Global Skills Summit in New Delhi organised by industry chamber FICCI, Pradhan also said that India cannot ignore the challenges of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. The country has to accept the challenges of industrial revolution 4.0, the minister added. “We must be prepared and should not miss the industrial revolution this time,” he said.
The minister said that the skilled manpower in India is about 10 per cent, against the developed countries which have about 50 to 90 per cent. This leaves a huge scope for improvement in the sector. In this connection, he said, “It is not that just 10 per cent of India’s population is skilled. The biggest challenge is to put our record straight on the table.”
The summit was also addressed by the President of WorldSkills International, Simon Bartley who said that India needed to focus on globalization, standardization and new-age technologies while keeping abreast with the fast-paced changes, which will accelerate in future for creating employment for the burgeoning youth entering the job market.
FICCI Skills Development Committee Chairman TV Mohandas Pai while speaking at the summit said that as it is not possible to have economic growth without people earnings and for which he suggested that the government should come out with the data of job creation. He said there is also need to rework on education and skill policies and incentivise people who create jobs.