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Govt. policy soon on making it mandatory for all education systems to follow NSQF norms: Anantkumar Hegde


Thursday, November 01, 2018

New Delhi, 1st November, 2018:
We are thinking on the lines of bringing out a new policy making it mandatory for all education systems to follow National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) norms, Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Anantkumar Hegde said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today.
“NSQF alignment is the need of the hour and I understand that government is taking steps in this direction,” said Mr Hegde while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM Summit-cum-Awards on Skilling India.
He also said that government’s policy decision on DSDA (District Skill Development Agency) is likely to be implemented in another one-two months.
“We came up with the idea of District Skill Development Agency because merely making policies sitting here in Delhi was not the feasible solution and even the state governments have limited reach,” said the Minister.
Lamenting that until now focus has only been on basic skill development, he asked, “Have we thought about using latest technologies of artificial intelligence, block chain and machine learning?
Mr Hegde also said, “We need feedback from industrial houses on issues like usage of next generation functional language, precision farming, using microbial science and others for drafting policies as government cannot reach every nook and corner.”
He also stressed upon the need for state specific data on skill gap. “What is skill gap, how is it going to be analysed, we do not have accurate database on state-specific skill gap. Industry bodies like ASSOCHAM need to work on district level to get sector-specific data on skill gap to bring about changes in different areas - IT, mechanical engineering, biotechnology.”
Amid others who addressed the ASSOCHAM Summit included - Mr Bhuvnesh Kumar, secretary, Department of Vocational Training & Skill Development, Government of Uttar Pradesh; Mr Rajesh Yadav, Chairman, RSLDC and Secretary, Department of Skills Employment and Entrepreneurship, Government of Rajasthan; Ms Dagmar Walter, Director, International Labour Organisation (ILO), India; Mr Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC); Brig (Dr) Surjit Pabla, Vice Chalcellor, Bhartiya Skill Development University; Prof (Dr), Balvir S. Tomar, Chairman, ASSOCHAM Skill Development Council and Chancellor NIMS University; Dr Lovneesh Chanana, Vice President (Digital Government), SAP India Pvt. Ltd. and Mr Uday Kumar Varma, Secretary General.

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