Chair School of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Senior Professor,
Founder Director IECD and DDU-KAUSHAL Centre at IECD,
Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli-23
The India’s young people are shaping the world's largest democracy, where 40 percent of the population is under age 35 and a million people turn 18 every month. As this population grows up, it will significantly reshape India and the world politically, economically and environmentally. ” Even though over 40 million people are registered in employment exchanges, only 0.2 million get jobs annually, 80% of the Indian workforce does not possess identifiable marketable skills. Work is a measure of societal status from the days of the early civilization, besides being the basis of our survival.
Unemployment has been one of the biggest challenges plaguing the global economy. Closer home, going by statistics, a staggering 13.3 per cent of India’s population in the age group of 15-29 years are unemployed. Yet, as our unemployment figures continue to rise, almost every industry, be it manufacturing, technology, hospitality or corporate, is facing a shortage of skilled workforce. The real problem, as research clearly suggests, is finding suitable candidates to fill jobs. To eradicate unemployability, Indians are now giving a better social position to the entrepreneurs who are job creators than job seekers which itself is a bit adventurous, a change in trend from the recent past where a safe salaried job was highly sought after. Indians were the best of traders and entrepreneurs in the pre-colonial period and were very prosperous, and such risk-taking ventures had a high value in the society. Become entrepreneur is also not an easy task. It needs various skills. Recent reports also indicate that as many as 47 per cent of Indian graduates are not qualified for any industry job. One of the main problems lies in our system of imparting education and the subsequent assessment of additional soft skills and capabilities needed to survive in today’s competitive work atmosphere. Graduates often complain that they were not exposed to life skills training or internship opportunities during their graduation years, which would have prepared them for the real workplace scenario. More than 50% of India’s youth lack basic skills and quality. 80% of India’s higher education system of the year 2030 is yet to be built. 10,00,000 people join the labour force every month for the next 20 years without adequate training. July 15th is World Youth Skills Day, and the United Nations is observing the day with a special event on the theme of “Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment.” Understanding what works to support young people in today’s and tomorrow’s labor market through training and skills development will be key to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, and will be at the center of this high-level event. The youth and skill is inseparable ones. All youth have unique skill but shaping of the skill is difficult.
Since, IECD (Institute for Entrepreneurship and Career Development) is a pioneer self supporting institute under Bharathidasan University which is imparting skill development programs to the youth of this country through its various Certificate, Diploma and Advance Diploma Level programmes ever since 2004.And by leveraging the strength and the strong pillars of IECD and as a Founder Director of IECD initiate to shape younger generation through three specialized degree programmes namely Logistics and Supply Chain Management , Trouble Shooting and Maintenance of Electrical and Electronic Equipments and Automobile Technology under DDU KAUSHAL at IECD.I am very happy to extend my service towards the vital younger generation to generate their technical skills for their better future.