Sunday, March 8, 2015
Recognize skill sets in armed forces to Create in India: Experts
NEW DELHI, MAR 6 (IANS)
Published on 7 Mar. 2015 1:21 AM IST
The skills ministry will soon tie-up with the defence ministry to take forward the Make in India innovation to Create in India, a minister has said. “We are looking at using the last year of service of JCOs and below to train them (in specialised jobs). If they don’t want to come out as trainers, they can come out as entrepreneurs,” Minister of State for Skills & Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy said at the One Globe 2015 conference here, adding his ministry will soon sign a MoU with the defence ministry for this.
“Make in India will not be successful unless we have skilled workforce. In China, 47 percent of the workforce is skilled, in Australia about 60 percent, in Britain 68 percent, in Germany 74 percent, in Japan 80 percent, and in South Korea 96 percent, but in India, in 65 years, just two percent of our workforce is skilled. “In the next five years or so, we will have the largest youth population of about 465 million in the age group of 20 to 35 years. If you look at the eight to nine percent growth in the next decade or so, infrastructure will require another 100 million people, automotive & auto care will require about 35 million people, health would require about 12 million people and textiles about 36 million people,” Rudy said. “We have teachers in this country but there is a dearth of trainers. We are thinking of many out-of-the-box ideas for creating an ecosystem for the skilled manpower in this country,” he added.
The fourth annual edition of One Globe knowledge conference also brought together top and highly decorated veterans from the army, navy and air force to deliberate on the technological and skills impact of indigenization & modernization of India’s defence industry.
“Whenever a defence serviceman retires, he is always put in security-related job roles. But there are as many as 972 different skills in defence sector including communications and satellite technologies,” said Major General Kuldip Sindhu (retd), who served as the first managing director of the ECHS health scheme for defence pensioners and widows.
“Instead of just a Make In India strategy, which can also include mere assembling of semi-knocked down kits or completely knocked down kits, we need a Create in India strategy to help India become a defense equipment exporter, by encouraging our people to use brainpower to address the nation’s priorities creatively.
The ingenuity of our dabbawallahs is being taught as a case study at leading institutes like Harvard and we should replicate similar creativity in our defence capabilities,” he added.