Skilled workforce in India at dismal 2%

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New Delhi, January 14, 2015: Addressing the 9th India Digital Summit of IAMAI, Union Minister of State for Skill development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge), Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, “Compared to many countries in the world, we in India have only 2% of skilled workforce.” He opined that there is a need to change the education system and skill development has to be made mainstream to create skilled workforce across sectors. India with the world’s largest young workforce is still grappling with skill development.

The Minister emphasised that there is huge untapped potential and infrastructure within government departments to scale-up skill development. Shri. Rudy said, “If we tap the infrastructure of the Indian Railways and NCOs retiring from the armed forces, we can create a success story.” He further added that the NCOs retiring from the armed forces can be trained to become trainers as there is an acute shortage of trainers in the country. Reaching out to industry members, Shri. Rudy said that the information technology industry has a pivotal role to play in creating skilled workforce. He further added that the government is working towards creating an ecosystem wherein every individual has basic software skills and is proficient in English.

India Digital Summit is IAMAI’s flagship annual event and has achieved great success and popularity in last few years. The Summit is attended by more than 800 delegates over two days, representing CEOs and senior executives, brand managers, publishers, advertisers, marketers or business owners, government officials, NGOs and evangelists from across sectors.

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