With the aim to fulfill ‘Skill India‘ initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July last year, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Telecom (DoT) to prepare skilled workforce for the telecom sector. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications & Information Technology and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) were present during the signing of MoU between Secretaries of the two ministries.
The MoU has been signed to develop and implement ‘National Action Plan for Skill Development in Telecom Sector’. Along with skilling the workforce, the ministries will also make coordinated efforts to utilize old telephone exchanges which are no longer in use for skill development initiative and upgrade them as per the requirement.
The telecom sector of India is growing at a rate of 15 percent annually and thus, will require 4.16 million skilled workforce by the year 2022, informed Ravi Shankar Prasad. “The requirement of workforce in this field was about 2.8 million in 2013, it will reach 4.16 million by 2022. So you require a minimum 20 lakh trained manpower,” he added.
Further Prasad said, “India is currently the second-largest telecommunication market and has the third highest number of internet users in the world. With the advent of newer technology in communications every day and our focus on Digital India and Make in India, there will be consistent requirement for skilled and up-skilled manpower. Skill India is must for the country and the youth should explore this opportunity to become job ready.” He also encouraged private telecom operators to participate in skill development programme.
Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy emphasized upon the need to focus on skill development efforts and said that by leveraging global partnerships for skill development in telecom sector would make India, the ‘Telecom Skill Capital’ of the World. He said, “There is an imminent need for scaling up the skill development efforts for manufacturing, network operations and management, marketing and sales, IT etc. in Telecommunications Sector. This would require large scale capacity building by providing for infrastructure and facilities, improving training content, curriculum and methodology and use of latest technologies.”
The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has been rendered the task to skill 400 million people in next few years and this partnership with Telecom Ministry will ease the process for skill development ministry. PSUs under DoT including BSNL, MTNL and ITI will be utilized to skill manpower for telecom sector by using at least 20 percent of their CSR funds for skilling purposes.