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Centre looking to revamp vocational training

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    Business Line New Delhi, June 28 http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/centre-looking-to-revamp-vocational-training/article6155840.ece Our Bureau
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      Centre looking to revamp vocational training 

      Keeping up with the BJP’s pledge to take up development of skill in ‘mission mode’, the Narendra Modi Government plans to come up with a separate law on vocational training, to integrate it with higher education and make it a ‘dynamic’ vehicle to spur productivity and entrepreneurship.
      Furthermore, the Skill Development Initiative (SDI) is being revamped and Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) will soon be opened in uncovered blocks.
      “A total of 1,500 ITIs are being set up right away in public-private partnership mode. The States concerned have been already approached to expedite land lease agreements,” Labour Secretary Gauri Kumar said at the State Labour Minister’s meet here.
      From August 15, admissions to ITIs could be done online, she said. Also, revamped ITI courses would begin from August this year, for which the Government was already signing flexi-MoUs to address the specific needs of industry, the Labour Secretary added.
      Kumar said that a new version of SDI would be in place soon, and funds under it would now flow directly into State Budgets, according to the Finance Ministry’s directive.
      “Our focus is on raising employability of workers in the informal sector, especially in construction,” she said, adding that a dedicated SDI portal was also being set up to facilitate States.
      Referring to a World Bank report that found SDI becoming a ‘big ticket’ item for parking corporate investments in some States, Kumar said the Ministry was contemplating setting up a 24x7 call centre to track placements.
      New Employment Policy

      Meanwhile, the Government has kick-started the process of formulating a National Employment Policy. On June 16, the Labour Ministry shot off letters to various departments, seeking feedback by June 30.
      In the letter, the Labour Secretary, noting the ‘jobless growth’ in the last decade (of UPA rule), said, “Growth of the economy at an annual rate of 8 per cent was accompanied by a dismal growth rate in jobs of below 1 per cent.”
      She said, “Only 10 per cent of the labourers have acquired some technical skill, out of which just one-forth have received technical education.” She added that there was an urgent need to expand vocational training at the certificate level, especially in the construction sector.
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