The Indian Civil Services will soon establish a new cadre that will recognise skills and their development, much like the other cadres such as the IAS, IFS, and IRS.
To change the lacklustre mindset lingering over skills and finally acknowledge their vast potential, the government has decided to set up the Indian Skills Service (ISS) and deploy a separate cadre of officers.
“Skills fall under a niche domain, which requires a different level of understanding about the related issues. Understanding the required skills and ensuring that they have a global connect and necessary partnerships is a separate field. The government is working on setting up a separate cadre for skills,” Anant Kumar Hegde, Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said at Mail Today’s Skills and Entrepreneurship Summit held last week.
He also mentioned that the centre had initiated talks with the West Bengal government for setting up a training centre for the field in the state.
According to India Today, various Indian Institute Of Skills (IIS) that on par with the IITs on academic grounds, are also in the pipeline, with institutes in Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Delhi already underway.
The government is even contemplating the expansion of Haryana and Rajasthan governments’ skill universities in their respective states and follow the similar model across the country in collaboration with state governments.
The scheme also includes the SANKALP (Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion) project undertaken in collaboration with the World Bank, which will guide state governments to begin skill-gap analysis in their jurisdiction.
“This will be used as input for all our skill development initiatives. It is a project to identify which skill is in most demand in a particular state, and align infrastructure and training capabilities towards that skill to limit migration of the youth,” Hegde explained.
The project aims to curb large-scale migration of youngsters in search of employment and help them find the jobs in preferred vocation within their state itself.
Alongside, 14 India International Skill Centres (IISCs) have been set up to train people with the latest technology in sync with international standards that will help them in finding employment overseas.
With the ambitious aim of training over 30,000 aspirants at these centres and help them receive certifications from international awarding bodies over the next six years, the government is in talks with various countries and international organisations to set up bases in India.
However, the minister explained that for any of these schemes to prosper and achieve intended results, the ridiculing attitude and perception towards vocational training has to change, and that dignity of labour must be apprehended.
“A plumber is called hydrologist in Germany. A simple change in nomenclature can make a huge difference. We Indians have all the skills necessary. They just require some polishing and fine-tuning,” he added.