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Explaining the importance of skill development for India highlight the challenges related to it. What steps have been taken by the government in this regard?

Topic : GS-2: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

GS-3: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.

4. Explaining the importance of skill development for India, highlight the challenges related to it. What steps have been taken by the government in this regard? (250 words)

Reference: Hindustan Times 

Why the question:

The article highlights the distress that India witnessed amidst this pandemic with respect to jobs and economy.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss in detail the importance of skill development in India and bring out the challenges associated to it. Also, highlight the efforts of the government in this direction.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Introduce by highlighting the current situation of skill development in India.

Body:

India is facing a paradoxical situation where on the one hand, young men and women entering the labour market are looking for employment, while on the other hand, industries are complaining about unavailability of appropriately skilled manpower. This makes skill development in India imperative to impart marketable skills to labour force.

Explain the importance of skill development for India.

Discuss the challenges related to skill development.

Mention the steps taken by the government in this regard.

Conclusion:

Conclude that as India seeks to become a leading global economy, it needs to equip its workforce with employable skills and knowledge matching international standards to make India a developed economy.