IGNOU can address skill deficit among youth: Vice chancellor

March 22nd, 2011 - 7:10 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), with its country-wide network, has the greatest potential to tackle the issue of skill deficit among youth, the varsity’s vice chancellor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai said Tuesday.

Pillai said the varsity’s over 3,000 study centres “can network with the local educational and training institutions for providing modular skills in different trades and vocations… skill upgrading initiatives should be taken up by the various units of our university.”

He added that the government has declared 2010-2020 as the ‘Decade of Innovation’ and we need to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth in education, skill development, health care, energy, agriculture and infrastructure.

“Creating opportunities for our youth to become the largest pool of skilled and technically trained human resource is the greatest challenge before us in this decade.

“It is estimated that India has the capacity to create 500 million certified technicians and skilled workers by 2020. This would provide employment opportunities to our young people and the large number of school drop-outs,” added Pillai.

IGNOU has presence in 36 nations and partners with 60 institutions. The university has signed over 50 collaborations with top universities in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, South America and the US.

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