Topic – Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
2) The Somaiya committee report is scathing in its tone in presenting the state of India’s Skill Training Centres. Comment.(250 words)
Why this question
Skill development is critical for enabling the youth and the domestic workforce to be productive and in order to increase their employability. The government has taken various initiatives in this direction, with establishing and/ or supporting skill training centres being one of them. It is essential to know the Somaiya Committee report which deals with this particular aspect.
Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to express our knowledge and understanding of write in detail about the findings of the Somaiya committee report and express our opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– Write a few lines about the history of Industrial Training Institutes and Skill development centres and their rising number.
- write a few lines about the Somaiya Committee. E.g its official name, head, purpose of formation and when it presented its report.
- Bring out the findings of the report and discuss the grim situation of the skill training centres in India. E.g shappy and temporary infrastructure, disregard for norms rather than efficiency for huge participation of private sector, the lack of a regulator for skill development, with teeth, has led to poor quality affiliation, assessment and certification; poorly paid teachers and poor quality teaching etc.
Conclusion– briefly discuss what should be done in this regard. E.g mention the Shantha Prasad Committee recommendations- better oversight, with a national board for all skill development programmes. The core work (accreditation, assessment, certification and course standards) should not be outsourced; A ranking of the ITIs on several parameters such as the one done by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council in tertiary education can be replicated; need to create a unified national vocational system etc.