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5) Skill India mission, to be successful, needs a paradigm shift. Examine in light of Sharada Prasad Committee recommendations

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

5) Skill India mission, to be successful, needs a paradigm shift. Examine in light of Sharada Prasad Committee recommendations. (250 Words)

The Hindu

Why this question?

Any issue that concerns employment is to be prepared from mains perspective. Skill India is an important governmental initiative to address the unemployment situation in the country. It is necessary, thus, to delve deep into the mission and understand its strength and weaknesses.

Key demand of the question:

The question is asking us to answer whether the provisions of Skill India mission have what it takes to boost vocational education and improve the employment situation in the country, or whether it requires reforms to achieve its goal. The reforms that are suggested should be in light of the Sharada Prasad Committee recommendations.

Directive Word:

Examine – IN this case you have to probe deeper into the Skill India Mission and recommendations of Sharada Prasad Committee to see if the shortcomings of Skill India Mission can be resolved by the reforms suggested.

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction, write about Skill India Mission – objectives, status. Mention the need of reaping demographic dividend by providing employment. Basically establish that Skill India should be high priority.

The body of this answer is to be divided into two parts. In the first part, talk about the problems plaguing Vocational Education and skilling in India. Analyse this problem (while quoting from Sharada Prasad Committee) from different dimensions – institutional shortcomings, implementation shortcomings etc

In the second part, talk about what are those reforms that are required or whether status quo should prevail. If you are taking the stand that reforms are required, quote from Sharada Prasad Committee recommendations to bolster your arguments. In case, you are taking the latter stand, focus on why the committee’s recommendations are not the way forward.

The conclusion should mention a fair view and a way forward.