Upgrade curriculum of vocational training centres: VIA

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jul 2017 10:13:50


Business Bureau,

Highlighting mismatch between skill required in industry and curriculum designed for technical institutes, the core committee members of the Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) on Tuesday asked the State Government to redesign the curriculum. While giving suggestions to the Government at a round table meet held in the city, the members also stressed on development of ‘region specific’ skills.

Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, presided over the meet while office-bearers of VIA, experts from field of skill development and other stake holders were also present on the occasion. Atul Pande, VIA President said that there is need for deployment of resource persons for preparing curriculum of technical institutions. “Instead of offering uniform course all over the State, we should think of ‘area or region specific’ training programmes. For example the vocational training institutes located around a region with good number of textile units should give top priority to skills required in textile sector,” he said.

Pande further said that public private partnership (PPP) model adopted by the policy makers for skill development has failed to yield results. “It is not efficient and a hectic process involved in it to get various clearances is defeating the sole purpose of running the institutes,” he said demanding simplification of the processes.

VIA President also urged the State Government to make policy changes and allow the industry to make use of the modern machines ‘gathering dust’ in various Government-owned institutions. Ashit Sinha, VIA member said that inadequate focus on soft skills, inter-personal skills, team building and personality development is affecting the training of manpower.

“In the current competitive age, the employers are looking for many aspects in their employees. But most of our training centres have been failing to produce such manpower,” he said.

Sinha said that Government should encourage technical institution by way of providing required infrastructure and filling vacant posts at various institutes. “Autonomy to deserving institutes may also bring in positive change in the system,” he observed. Sinha further said that Government should attract various agencies to set up skills development centres in Vidarbha region similar to a facility opened in Chhindwara couple of years back. Sinha was referring to a full-fledged skills training campus in Chhindwara by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

On the occasion, Anoop Kumar praised the efforts of corporate houses for running various training programmes.
He said, the participation of the industry in skill development would bridge the existing gap between the industry and academia.