Published On: Thu, Apr 2nd, 2015

Centre to introduce skill certification to get a govt job

New Delhi: To raise a strong and skilled workforce to realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Make in India’ dream, the central government is doing the spadework to amend its appointment policy by making skill certification mandatory for the job aspirants.

Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap RudyPhoto : Getty Images

Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy
Photo : Getty Images

The college degree alone won’t be enough to land a government job, according to a policy now in the works.

“We have abundant unskilled manpower in the country. The mission of ‘Make in India’ cannot become a reality unless we have adequate skilled manpower. The government is in the process of making skill qualification mandatory in the coming years by implementing the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF),” Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy told Mail Today.

“India has only two per cent of the workforce which is skilled, compared with 96 per cent in South Korea, 45 per cent in China, 50-55 per cent in the US and 74 per cent in Germany,” he added.

Under NSQF’s implementation guidelines, the recruitment rules for the Central government and public sector units (PSUs) will be amended by December 2016 to define eligibility criteria for all positions.

“The state governments and their PSUs shall also be encouraged to amend their recruitment rules along these lines,” the guidelines mention.

The government is also trying to bring all training and educational programme courses under the purview of skill qualification framework. The institutes will have to follow the guidelines while imparting skill development training and certificates, senior government officials said.

“Now we are trying to change the entire education system; I think Smriti Irani (education minister) is working on that – from the cognitive skills that you develop at the school, to the non-cognitive skills moving, to the school drop outs. We’re trying to incorporate skill development in school, which goes up with each standard you reach,” So, Plus Two, it becomes 100 hours of formal education and 500 hours of skillsthe minister said.

Accordingly, when the product comes out, he or she is good for the market. He may not be an MA (Master of Arts) or a BA (Bachelor of Arts), but he will be good for the job he is trained for, he added.

NSQF will also enable a person to acquire desired competency levels, transit to the job market and, at an opportune time, return for acquiring additional skills to further upgrade competencies.

Inputs with The Mail Today

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