Why skill training is still an ugly word

January 24th, 2013

Skill education has been the most abused term in the Indian education system. With the employability ratios of Indian graduates decreasing, academic consultants say skill education and vocational training are the only option for these students. However, human resource officers of companies explain that instead of students enrolling into skill development courses, educational institutes should instead focus on enhancing action-based learning for students.

Institutes offering such vocational courses to students also complain of very high dropout rates. While they continue to enrol for these courses, students either do not attend half the classes or do not actively take part in the projects. All they want is a placement at the end of the course, say directors of reputed vocational training institutes. But they wouldn’t be too much concerned, as long as they have the revenues coming in.

Companies are also having to pay the price of hiring these students, whose training periods often have been extended by at least three to four weeks, according to skill trainers. And, the respective companies are having to foot the additional bill incurred per student on account of administrative expenses.

These issues could be resolved if skill training could be made part of the curriculum. Instead of spending thousands of rupees in skill training institutes, HR players suggest that skill and action based learning should be made a part of the curriculum. Giving a popular example, the human resource head of a conglomerate says that students know the name of Akbar’s father, but wouldn’t know how to stitch a button on a shirt. This is because, according to him, Indians are used to rote learning and not practical learning.

Another HR consultant suggested skill development schools be given the status of institutes of national importance, with companies being mandated to recruit a certain percentage of students from themĀ  to prominent posts. This way, institutes could also improve the quality of teaching, and students could also get placed with reputed companies.

With the human resource development ministry outlining vocational training as one of its priority segments in the twelfth five-year plan, education sector experts expect more ’skilled’ students to graduate from these institutes and add to the productive workforce in the nation. However, they caution that unless the mental bloc towards the concept of skill training, both companies and industry would continue to face the crisis of skill shortage.

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