Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today released the comprehensive report on 'Skill Development in Arunachal Pradesh' researched and compiled by the North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFi). Khandu said the report will serve as a roadmap for the state government to plan its future course of action in imparting skill development to the youths of the state. Directing the Skill Development department to seriously take the report, Khandu gave it one month's time to prepare a comprehensive proposal and action plan based on the suggestions put forth in the report. "We have been doing a lot in equipping our youths with skills but yet somehow have not fully succeeded in giving the process a meaningful direction because we did not have a proper and scientific roadmap. Let us check where we have failed and learn from these.
This report of NEDFi will help us plan and execute a strategic skill development policy that will provide our youth gainful and sustainable employment," he observed. The chief minister suggested that priority needs to be accorded in skilling the graduate and post-graduated unemployed youths besides the uneducated and school drop-outs. Khandu also stressed on giving more importance to self-employment than wage employment while framing skill development strategies, an official release said. He congratulated NEDFi and lauded the hard work put in during the last one year doing the study and collecting feedbacks and data from primary sources at the block levels in all the districts. NEDFi, through its Advisory & Consultancy department, undertook a comprehensive and extensive study on skill development in the state. The objective is to understand characteristics of skill development system, aspiration and skill development needs of various categories of population and the global, national and local skill requirement trends and suggest suitable strategies to take skill development efforts in the state to next level, the release informed. The study proposes eight strategic reforms roadmap in skill development sector based on key aspects that have emerged during the study. The reforms include strengthening the governance framework currently governing the skill development ecosystem, improving the effectiveness and utilisation of existing technical vocational education and training institutions, making provisions for providing specialised skill development training in identified sectors relevant to the state.
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