LEFT, Mr. Alok Kumar (IAS), Director General/Joint Secretary, DGE&T and Dr. Darlie O. Koshy, DG & CEO, ATDC exchanging the MoU in the presence of EC/ BOG members & other Officials. ment. It aims to provide training and skill development to 500 million youth by 2020 and a National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF) for affiliations and accreditation in vocational, educational and training systems. With the expected economic growth, the challenge is going to only increase further, since more than 75 percent of new job opportunities are expected to be skill-based. The government, thus, is strongly emphasising on upgrading people’s skills by providing them vocational education and training. Needless to say, it is a herculean task and requires collaboration with various stakeholders, especially when the aim is to deliver quality education via longterm programmes.
THRUST To give a further thrust to ‘Skill India’ initiative, ATDC has collaborated with DGE&T (Ministry of Labour & Employment), AICTE (Ministry of HRD) and RGNIYD (Ministry of Skill Development) to launch a bouquet of industry-relevant programmes to create the ATDC Version 3.0 and raise the quality with better employability
ll the stakeholders associated with the “skilling India” dream — ATDC being at the forefront of turning obstacles into opportunities for the country’s youth in the apparel sector — are aware of one simple fact: India’s demographic dividend requires the country to create job opportunities for one million youth every month going forward. With announcing 2015 the “Year of Skilling”, Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been reiterating his “Skill India” dream at various national and international platforms, emphasising on the urgent need for a vast pool of highly skilled and qualified human resources. The goal of “Skill India” is to create opportunities, space and scope for the development of talent of Indians and identify new sectors for skill develop-
QUALITY EDUCATION DREAM FOR ‘ASPIRATIONAL INDIA’ The quality thrust for skilling will happen only with rigorous efforts and devising strategies that suit the current job market scenario. Having realised the requirements to meet the “Skill India” initiative, ATDC has signed MoUs with various government departments and agencies to chart the right path for making Prime Minister’s dream a success. To begin with, ATDC has signed a flexi-MoU with the Directorate General of Employment and Training (DGE&T), Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India, for skill development in the apparel sector. Signed by Mr. Alok Kumar (IAS), Director General/Joint Secretary, DGE&T and Dr. Darlie O. Koshy, DG & CEO, ATDC in the presence of senior ATDC and DGE&T officials, the MoU envisions to implement the centrally-sponsored Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS) to provide vocational training, test and certify people to improve “employability” factor and gain employment. “I am very happy with the worldclass facilities and state-of-the-art infrastructure at ATDC. I am confident that ATDC will become a breeding ground for skilled manpower in the fashion and
INTERVIEW: Mr. Dinesh Nijhawan, Director, Skill Development Initiative, DGE&T
‘ATDC can stand out with unique longterm programmes’
he purpose behind the flexi-MOU that the Ministry of Labour and Employment has signed with ATDC is to offer freedom to the industry to design training programmes as per their need so that their production does not suffer due to shortage of skilled workforce. On the other hand, the MOU also requires that at least 80 percent of those trained under such programmes should be employed by the industry.Thus, while the flexi-MOU helps the industry to fulfill its own requirements of workforce, it also paves the way for guaranteed employment for our youth. Being an important partner in this scheme of largescale skilling of our youth and the unemployed, ATDC should focus on offering courses that make it stand out from others and help the industry to meet the emerging skilled-workforce related challenges that the industry is facing. It should offer training programmes that other vocational training providers cannot afford to offer due to various reasons such as shortage of high-end machineries and so on. The focus should be more on long-term courses of not less than six months and such training programmes should also help candidates gain more practical experiences to increase their “employability”. This scheme also allows ATDC to tie up with industry houses and offer courses to suit their needs, thus paving the way for customised training programmes that have great potential to increase the productivity and efficiency of those in the apparel industry. The long-term courses such as Bachelor of Vocational (B.Voc) that ATDC plans to start is also an initiative in the right direction as such programmes can not only help the industry meet its workforce needs but also help create new entrepreneurs or job givers.