Government is all set to take Skill Development Programme one step forward!!

New Year will see grant of more than ever exemptions to win the war of making India skilled.

Under the domain of Skill India Mission, Government is gearing up to grant Income tax exemption to Skill Training Institutions coupled with service tax exemptions for the next five years in the upcoming Union Budget 2016-17.

As of now,Skill Training Instituitions are competent to train only 31 lacs candidates annually. And with the ambition to train over 40 crore people in India with different skills by 2022, government is trying to persuade private sectors to participate as it will help in stimulating the process.

However, the relief is constricted to A Category of project enforcing institutes. A Category includes such agencies who have completed 3 or 4 projects beneath Aajeevika Skills under the rural development ministry or have trained 20,000 recipients and have provided placement to 75% of trainees in the past five years.

A Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Skill Development was formed to buckle down issues pertaining to human resources. Few days back, Skills development minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy had said in Parliament, “Action points for implementation of recommendations of the sub-group have been identified and referred to concerned central ministries/departments, state governments and other stakeholders.”

What government is doing is commendable but the question here is How much we are really focused on improving the skill knowledge?

Well, no matter how many policies Government of India makes to incorporate skills amongst the Young India yet nothing will going to work until and unless the quality of education is improved.

Apart from loosing up the pockets for only doling out the reliefs, expenses should also be made on improving quality of education. Efforts should be made to start project based learning, integrated studies, corporative learning, expanding comprehensive assessment and increasing participation of more corporate sectors for practical knowledge instead of spending more time in attending lecture halls, apprenticeship method of training should be introduced. Skill development and emphasis on quality education should go hand in hand.

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