Laying Foundation stone for the Regional Vocational Training Institute under the Government of India’s initiative, Skill India ‘Kaushal Bharat – Kushal Bharat’, the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that women play an important role in development of families, communities and nations and quoted Gandhian scholar and educator, Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir quote ‘if you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a family’.
The Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, the Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana, Mohammad Mahmood Ali, the Minister of Home, Labour and Employment, Telangana, Naini Narsimha Reddy and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
The Vice President said that with women constituting about 50 per cent of the country’s population, e
very effort has to be made to empower them economically, politically and in every other field. “While there is an additional net requirement of 109.73 million skilled manpower by 2022 in 24 key sectors, it is estimated that only 4.7 per cent of the total workforce in India has undergone formal skill training as compared to 68 per cent in UK, 75 per cent in Germany, 80 per cent in Japan and 96 per cent in South Korea. Vocational training institutes such as this would greatly contribute towards skilling of women and lead to increased economic empowerment. The shortage of skilled workforce could be overcome by imparting vocational training,” said Naidu.
He further said that from Vedic times women were treated with respect and veneration in India referred Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, Durga, the Goddess of power and Saraswathi, the Goddess of learning in Indian Mythology. However, the respect accorded in ancient times to women has been missing in modern times and this contributed to lower literacy rates and lack of empowerment. Successive governments since Independence have been trying to correct this distortion and change the mindset of the people by according equal importance to boys and girls in all matters from education to inheritance of properties. ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padao’ programme is a step in the direction of educating and empowering the girl child, he added.
The Vice President said that Indians have inherent talent and ability for entrepreneurship and what is needed is state-of-the-art training and upgradation of skills. He further said that with rising demand for skilled personnel in various fields, more such training institutes must be established through collaborative efforts of the government, industry and NGOs. An important aspect of any training or skilling programme is to ensure last mile connectivity, he added.
“I am told that the Regional Vocational Training Institutes are mainly set up to produce women instructors. In turn, these trained instructors will provide training to students through a network of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) all over the country. This RVTI is offering training in fashion design & technology, architectural assistantship, cosmetology, front office assistant, secretarial practice (Englishj), food and beverages service assistant. At other RVTIs, training is being offered in trades such as electronics mechanic, architectural draughtsmanship, computer operator, programming assistant, secretarial practice, cosmetology, dress making, catering, hospitality, interior decoration and designing. I think RVTIs must also look into the possibility of imparting training in areas such as healthcare, travel and tourism industry, packaging and printing,” shared Naidu.
Those undergoing training could also become successful entrepreneurs through proper guidance. Financial institutions like MUDRA bank could go a long way in promoting entrepreneurship among women. Linkages must be established with banks, SIDBI and MUDRA in order to promote the entrepreneurial talent among women, he added.