Highlighting the need to re-orient India’s education and skills policies, TV Mohandas Pai, Chairman of FICCI Skill Development Committee, on Friday said that it is the need of the hour that the country prepares the youth with the skills that will cater the requirements of present and the future. “We have to make sure that we prepare the young people for the skills for present – for today and tomorrow, skills which will last for 40 years, because 40 years is the working life of an individual in society. The skills that we are giving today should be something that they can look forward to, for the next 40 years, not giving them skills for yesterday’s job. And that’s put a tremendous amount of responsibility on all of us,” he said.
Pai was addressing the 10th Global Skills Summit organised by industry chamber FICCI in New Delhi today. According to Pai it is not possible to have economic growth without people earning and for that he suggested that the government should come out with the job creation data.
He also underlined the need to incentivise people who create jobs. He said that the employers should be given importance and an ecosystem should be developed for them to create gainful employment in the country. He said, “The policies have to be at the tune of making employers first part of this entire ecosystem and make them the prime focus because they are the ones who will hire the people and they are ones who know what skills are required and they are the ones who are going to make sure that the people are gainfully employed.”