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Train youths, says NEDFi report

- Study on Arunachal suggests strategic reforms in skill development

Arunachal chief minister Pema Khandu releases the report on Friday. Picture by Damien Lepcha

Itanagar, Aug. 11: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu released "Comprehensive report on skill development in Arunachal Pradesh", researched and compiled by the North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFi) here today.

NEDFi, through its advisory and consultancy department, undertook a comprehensive and extensive study on skill development in Arunachal Pradesh. The objective was to understand the characteristics of skill development system, aspirations and skill development needs of various categories of population and the trends in global, national and local skill requirement. The study also suggested suitable strategies to take skill development efforts in the state to the next level.

The study proposes eight strategic reforms in the skill development sector based on key aspects that have emerged during the study. These are strengthening governance currently governing the skill development ecosystem, improving the effectiveness and utilisation of existing technical vocational education and training institutions, making provisions for providing specialised skill development training in identified sectors relevant to the state, making general education provided in schools as an integral part of skill development efforts by improving the quality and learning outcomes of school education, creating robust ecosystem of creditable private vocational training providers, improving linkages between industry and institutions providing skill development, strengthening the handloom and handicrafts sector and making extensive provisions for career counselling and information dissemination.

Khandu congratulated NEDFi and lauded the hard work put in during the last one year. He said the report would serve as a roadmap for the state government to plan its future course of action in imparting skill development to the youths of the state.

Directing the skill development department to take the report seriously, Khandu gave one month's time for the department to prepare a comprehensive proposal and action plan based on the suggestions put forth in the report.

"We have been doing a lot in equipping our youths with skills but yet, somehow, we have not fully succeeded in giving the process a meaningful direction because we did not have a proper and scientific roadmap. Let us check where we have failed and learn from these. This report of NEDFi will help us plan and execute a strategic skill development policy that will provide our youths gainful and sustainable employment," Khandu said.

The chief minister suggested that priority needs to be accorded to skill development for graduate and post-graduate unemployed youths besides the uneducated and school drop-outs.

"Today, we have hundreds of graduates and post-graduates looking for employment. As government jobs are limited, we need to skill our educated youths in sectors suitable for them for employment," he said. Khandu also stressed on giving more importance to self-employment than wage employment while framing skill development strategies.

Chief secretary Shakuntala D. Gamlin suggested taking into account aviation, automobile and IT sectors, which are growing fast and have a large scope of employment. These sectors can be explored by ITIs and polytechnics of the state to specifically train youths, she said.

The function was also attended by parliamentary secretary for skill development Jambey Tashi, chief secretary Shakuntala D. Gamlin and other officials.


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