Skill development is one of the essential ingredients for India's future economic growth as the country transforms into a diversified and internationally-competitive economy. Skill development is going to be the defining element in India's growth story. Firstly, we need to re-define the relationship of education, employment and skills development. Secondly, as a very large population, India would never be able to upskill all of its youth across the country through the conventional education framework. Considering this as a significant business opportunity and an essential step towards backward integration, CIS has stepped into the Arena.
Government alone cannot accomplish this task. It calls for a concerted effort of government, private players and NGOs to address the issue in a comprehensive manner. If India is to gain its rightful place in the world, reap equal benefits and opportunities for all and rise from the debris of poverty and several other pressing issues, skills development will require to be given a place right on top of national priorities. In the Union Budget from 2011-12 to 2016, the government has made its allocation of funds for skills development under the National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) to the tune of Rs 15,000 crore.
The launch of the credit guarantee fund and exempting vocational training institutions from service tax are steps taken to help make skills training affordable. Now skilling going to the school level gives ample opportunity to the youth to attain skills of their choice. There are a number of skill development centres, ITI's , polytechnics and ITCs. Apart from the government owned and operated skill centres, there are a few good private sector skill centres also available, even the private sector skill centres are also being funded by the government in some or the other way.
The trainees have to be cautious on a few points before taking a decision to go for skill training: the first and foremost is the placement track record of a particular skill centre as majority of the skill centres do not have a dedicated placement cells. Secondly, the track record of the training centre as due to major push by the government and easy availability of funds and grants there has been a sudden popping up of skill centres happening. It is strongly felt that though more and more such training centres are required, with increased stress on hands-on mechanism to be delivered thru state of art equipment and trainers.
Third, what kind of certificate will be awarded by the skill centre. The important certifying bodies currently are NCVT and Sector Skills council of NSDC.
We all are aware through various reports and research about the ageing population of the globe. India is uniquely positioned to fill the gap of the industry demand globally with its youth power. The skilled manpower revolution can propel the Indian economy , if we are able to gauge and see the exact requirement of the industry globally and are able to train and certify our students to a level which is accepted by global standards.
CIS has embarked on a process of bringing a model change in the approach towards skill development. The CEM is focussed to engage the trainee throughout the training life cycle forging ASPIRATION, EMPLOYABILITY and ENTREPRENEURSHIP. The three pillars to deliver the outcome have been envisaged as:
DHYAN : Inspiration/incubators focussing on Mobilization thru camps & Entry gate Assessments.
KARMA : Hands on Training/ Perfection on Skills thru state of art Equipment & Labs.
SIDDHI : Aspiration/Outcome/Wholesome Productthru Industry Linkage/interaction. The aforesaid three dimensions have clear earmarked character:
DHYAN : Managed by Train the Trainer resources of CIS, imparting theory Classes, acting as Mobilzation Hub, carrying Awareness Programs, Panchayat Linked Enrollment Centres.
KARMA : Managed by CIS experts, Lab/ Practical CoE (Centres of Excellence), possessing Industry Led Infra, ToT Trainees, Combination Labs and doubling up as Assessment Centres.
SIDDHI : Managed by CIS as Centre of Excellence having Centralized Call Centre engaged in remoteMobilzation& Counselling, a Common Service Centre, Train the Trainer Centre, Industry Showcase Decks, Corporate Tie-up Desks, Placement Desks, Entrepreneurship Desks
With this unique model CIS aims to bring a paradigm shift in the domain of vocational training.