It is another occasion when SMS, Lucknow demonstrated its strong presence in the academia, when the gurukul hosted National Seminar on â€śEducation to Employment: Role of Skill Developmentâ€ť. The event was organized in collaboration with Association of Knowledge Workers, Lucknow, Shri J.N.P.G College, Lucknow, CMC Limited. Chief Guest for the occasion was Shri. Jitin Prasada, Union Minister of State, Human Resource Development. The whole event was encrusted by eminent personalities from industry and academics. The program started by taking name of the almighty. The welcome address was done by Shri Ajay Singh (President, AKWL, Lucknow). He emphasized that education is the process of development of any country. India is the country having the youngest of population where about 65% of the people are below 35 years of age. So, that means there is surplus of young, dynamic working hands. According to him if education is the key to success then skill development is the master key. Now, the host of event, Respected CEO Sir, Mr. Sharad Singh made a welcome note extending the question – What skills a student really needs? He added that SMS has taken a step forward and providing vocational training for budding professionals and technocrats. In his simple and sweet bit he provided the total crux of the event with his done bit to skill development. A keynote address was done by Mr. Ashok Ganguly (Former Chairman, CBSE). He talked in a very intellectual manner providing a way how vocational training concept can be implemented at the grass root level. He started by saying that, â€śif the world is changing then our attitude should also changeâ€ť. He defined skill as a practical ability or competence to perform a task proficiently. There were various jobs that were not present yesterday are there in the modern day world and this can be extrapolated further. According to him imagination leads to innovation leads to entrepreneurship which in turn leads to money which leads to quality of life. Then the chief guest of the occasion Mr. Jitin Prasad blessed the occasion with his words. He started by saying
that if 65% of the population is below 35 years of age then that means the ground is set for a developed India. What the lacking factor is, degrees are there but still there is unemployment. So itâ€™s the responsibility of the industries, academicians, knowledge workers to look for skill development and better employmentability. He also emphasized that if youth will not get employed then there is a sense of insecurity which may lead to a wrong turn. After first panel address, two panel discussions took place. The first panel was made up of academicians, whereas the second was made up of industry people. Among the second panel was one of the management gurus called Prof. Dr. M. Mehrotra. He blessed with the importance of skill development by following points:
1) Skills may lead to social and economic growth of the country.
2) Countries having more skilled force adapt to changing global environment more easily.
3) Nearly 20.8 million are entering market every year, out of which only 2.5 million can be catered by the present vocational training resources.
4) In India only 5% are vocationally trained whereas in Korea this number is 96%, 80% in Japan and 65% in Germany.
He emphasized that we have created an inverted pyramid. It was the need of the hour to follow the ancient gurukuls where only skills were taught and no conventional education was given. There are initiates by government like National Council for Skill Development, Directorate General of Education and Training. There are basic issues in this context like, revision of course curriculum, outdated technologies, shortage of instructors, financial restrictions etc., low prestige is attached to vocational training etc.. He was kind enough to suggest some reforms also:
1) Skill mapping
2) Training the trainers
3) Behavioral and soft skills in curriculum
4) Rebranding of vocational training.
5) Benchmarking of quality by Centres of Excellence
6) More Industry linkages
7) Retain talent in the system
The third panel comprised of people of industry like that of Intel and IBM. The industry people were really ready to have strong linkages with the institutions so as to cater the needs of industries. Some of them are already working hand in hand with the academicians to fill the gap of employability. This is another effort by the School of Management Sciences to provide a platform for not only creating a strong bonding with the industrialist, but also the gurukul paved a way for new horizons in education, employment, employability.