From schooling to skilling
Apropos of the column “Skilling India, schooling India” (FE, July 28, goo.gl/Z3mnTV), it is right that skilling is irrelevant without basic schooling. In fact, while creating a department of skill development at the national level is a good move, even more important is to empower schools at the local level. However, I don’t quite buy the author’s idea that skills universities will be dysfunctional. The author says that “when the average quality of Indian universities leaves much to be desired and vocational training in the form of ITIs has been ineffective, combining the two into skills universities seems to be a confused approach.” While it is true that in government announcements there is no indication of what these universities will do, if these universities are able to mimic the approach of the TeamLease Skills University set up in Vadodara—even to a lesser extent—that would be a big achievement.
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