Monday, May 25, 2009

National Policy On ICT Skill Development Is Needed In India

Education and skills are two different aspects. Education is the preliminary requisite whereas skill is the ultimate requirement. Although a person may be the best in academic aspects but he may not be even average in practical and skill aspects. This is the true cause of problem of Indian manpower. For decade we have been following the academic structure of education with little emphasis upon qualitative professional education. There is an emergent need to frame a national policy on ICT skill development in India. This equally applies to all sorts of other non-ICT educational and professional streams as well.

Mr. Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner of Perry4Law and also the leading Techno-Legal Expert of India says that India is stressing too much upon academic education and insignificantly towards professional one. Another major lacuna as per him is that even in professional education the quality of education is not good and not much stress is given to practical aspects of the education. The end result is that not even one fourth of the total manpower is capable of meeting the challenges of their jobs efficiently.

It is obvious that skills development had to be made an essential part of the educational framework in India. However it is not an easy task especially in the absence of any National Policy in this regard. The policy must aim at empowering all individuals to enable them to get access to decent employment and to promote inclusive National growth.

The elections are over and a mammoth task is waiting for the new government as neglect and indifference of many decades would not be easy to be removed. A continuous monitoring of the promises and manifestos as well as demanding the executions of these issues would be the safest bet to avoid postponement of these issues for another five years.



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