Switzerland to expand Ties in Skill Training and Education initiatives with India

Switzerland is considered as one of the wealthiest and most productive countries in the world. Due to the rising demand of skilled workers globally, Switzerland seems to be very much interested in increasing its tie ups with India in fields of skill training and educational initiatives by setting up near about four more centres across the nation. The first step to make this initiative a grand success has already been taken as Vocational Educational Training centre in Bangalore under the Swiss VET Initiative in India (SVTII) has been set up. The private agencies involved in the tie up process are also more interested in firming up and broad-basing the collaboration by getting a memorandum of agreement signed by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

SVTII has been created on the Swiss system of vocational education and training methodology of imparting wherein the students are taught skilled training at a very tender age with the support of the industry, including major players like elevator maker Schindler. Not only Schindler is the supporting partner but also State Secretariat for Education and Research (SERI) and other industry bodies.

When the foreign partners are so many then why should Indian partners be left behind. The list of Indian partners includes some of the renowned agencies like: National Skill Development Corporation and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Mauro Moruzzi, Ambassador, SERI was of the view that there is an urgent need of skilled workers across the world and especially in a country like India. Switzerland has a successful model and we are ready to strengthen our partnership with India in this vital area. In the long run they are also planning to collaborate with India in exchange of higher science and technology education and research..

What is Schindler? It offers vocational education programmes wherein at present 300 apprentices are trained at its headquarters in Ebikon and other branches.

Franz Probst, founder and chairman of SkillSonics, which has a skill training facility in Bangalore said, “It is important that the government start sharing. This will help strengthen and expand the project to areas other than the traditional segments like mechanical and electrical works to food processing, hospitality industry and factory management.” Further during the presentation for a visiting team of Indian officials, planners and mediapersons at the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) in Bern he was of the view that to kick start with the project, on an initial basis four centres in four regions of India can be established.

It has also been planned that the initiative will soon be discussed with Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy. “An agreement between the two governments will make the initiative stronger as far as knowhow sharing, certification and identifying and implementing lead projects. The scheme could then be rolled out to both private and public sectors”, he said.

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