Today in the Rajya Sabha, things went upside down when the voices regarding India’s education system were raised. It was said that India’s education system has had a distinct bias towards skills and the government is making efforts to integrate education with skill development. It is a harsh statement to make. Education has had a distinct bias towards skill because, in the entire education system, skill has been there. The bias of education against skills has been perpetuating.
For the first time in the history of the country, Ministry of HRD has integrated itself with Ministry of Skill Development and children will now move towards open education. The government has also taken the decision that even student passing out of ITIs will have grand functions and convocations where they will wear robes and come out and say that we are also part of the integrated system.
Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy said in Rajya Sabha while Palamu district in Jharkhand had only one ITI, there were as many as 200 ITIs in Jaipur alone. In lieu of the same, the government has evolved a policy of opening up training skilled centres in PPP mode across the country to fill up gaps in 2,500 blocks in the country which did not have a single training institute so far. This is a very major concern. The government is opening up new ITIs with funding from National Skill Development Corporation.
As per the present statistics, there are 13,000 training institutes in the country, with over 10,000 in the private sector. However, 8.5 lakh seats were lying vacant in engineering colleges in the country and private colleges are being shut down. As per the best information in the recent past, as many as 2000 engineering colleges have shut down and that is a matter of great concern.
Rudy also lamented that against one crore apprentices in Japan and China each, India offers only 3 lakh, which needed to be increased. Speaking about the schools, he told that a mistake has been committed and we are trying to build up an integrated system where children are skilled in schools. We are trying to build a framework to provide the world skilled workforce.