New delhi: PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Technopak have jointly demanded a budgetary allocation of between Rs.6,000 to Rs.7,500 crore from central pool for setting up of 15 National Institute of Skill Development (NISD) in fiscal 2015-16 with each such proposed institutions costing a capital outlay of between Rs.400 to Rs.500 crore to impart necessary skills to help India realize its ambition of Make in India with best of manufacturing abilities.
In a paper brought out by the two organizations on “Skilling the Indian workforce,” feel that the Finance Minister should have provision for proposed institutions in his budget proposal for forthcoming fiscal, the land should be arranged for them by the States concerned.
The suggested NISDs should be given the importance and respect on par with IITs and IIMs and be established in fully residential campuses having an area of 250 to 300 acre each with high quality infrastructure for faculty and student housing, class rooms, labs and workshops, guest houses, auditorium as also infrastructures for social amenities.
The Paper further states that additional funding for NISDs should be provided to meet the ongoing operation expenses since it is likely that tuition fees will not be sufficient to cover this. The NISDs should be located in the periphery of Tier II towns which have the largest populations in their states, e.g. Allahabad in UP, Gaya in Bihar, Ujjain in MP, Alwar in Rajasthan, Rajkot in Gujarat, Guwahati in Assam and the like.
For funding these institutions, the government can explore funding or soft loans from international multilateral agencies and select countries like Japan, some proportion of funding can also be provided by specific state governments besides the central government. According to the Chamber, India needs at least 300,000 trainers today and about 400,000 trainers by 2035 to train this huge and ever increasing pool of workers.
These trainers should have a skill set spanning thousands of vocations as is relevant not only for India’s current and emerging needs but also for such labor export markets as the Middle East and possible Europe and Japan, and must also have the capability to teach/transfer such skills to fresh trainees.
Thus, the most critical priority for the Indian government is to establish a world-class, or China-scale, infrastructure which can train tens of thousands of trainers annually for the next several decades. These trainers can then train the 7.5 – 10 million fresh trainees every year in over 3,000 vocations, suggested the Chamber.