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4) When it comes to skilling our youth, our efforts are still sub par, as highlighted by Somaiya committee. Discuss .(250 words)

Topic-  Indian Economy – Issues

4) When it comes to skilling our youth, our efforts are still sub par, as highlighted by Somaiya committee. Discuss .(250 words)

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Why this question

The article discusses the observations of the Somaiya committee on ITIs which paints a sad picture of the status of Skill India Mission. Since this mission is one of the key government initiatives, this report provides good filler material for preparing Skill India and other related topic for mains.

Directive word

Discuss – The findings of the report has to be discussed, along with an analysis of what this means for the progress of Skill India Mission.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to explain the role that ITIs are expected to play in skilling of people. Next, we need to examine the observations and issues pointed out by the standing committee of parliament with regards to ITIs. We need to discuss in detail the reasons for poor performance of ITIs and give suggestions for course correction

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Give the status of skilling in India which is despite the various missions undertaken by the government

Body

  • Discuss the observations made by the committee regarding the status of ITIs – increase in numbers since inception, mostly private, show a scant regard for norms and standards etc. Also touch upon the observations made with regards to NSDC.
  • Discuss the issues plaguing skilling efforts  such as – quality control, lack of regulator for skill development, responsibility outsourcing, no oversight, connivance and an ownership tussle between the Central and State governments. Discuss these issues in detail along with its impact.
  • Discuss the way forward by talking about the Sharda Prasad committee recommendations

Conclusion – Emphasize on the importance of skilling and give a way forward.