Today, India is poised at a stage where its status as a break-through economy depends on its focus and attention on building its strong and young human capital. According to the India Skills Report 2015, the country will have a population of about 1.3 billion with approximately 0.8 billion in the working age in 2020. But the most significant demonstrations of the country’s resolve to bridge the skills gap and push forward the agenda of a skilled workforce that not only meets the growing needs of the nation, but also the address the global deficit. For instance, India will have a surplus of 47 million skilled workforces, whereas the world will have a deficit of 56 million, with USA, China, Japan and Russia projected to have deficits of 17 million, 10 million, 9 million and 6 million respectively by 2020 as per the said report. Globally, India will have the highest youth workforce by the same period as compared to Japan, USA, Russia and UK having a large percentage of their population beyond 60 years of age. Hence the current capacity of industrial training institutes and technical institutes may not be enough to match the demands of the projected growth of employment in 2020 particularly in healthcare, manufacturing and service sectors. This calls for immediate intervention in the domain of skill development keeping in mind the demographic dividend the India has.
A developing country like India which has large youth populations will soon see the economy soar, provided country should invest heavily in young people’s health, education and skill development. The latest UN report notes that “Young people are the innovators, creators, builders and leaders of the future. But they can transform the future only if they have proper skills, good health, right decision making and real choices in life”.India has, thus, an extraordinary high number and proportion of people in the working age group but they need to be trained in order to be productive. The Government of India has set itself the ambitious target of skilling 500 million people by 2020 so that India can reap the so-called demographic dividend. Further the global workforce is expected to be dominated by Indians in the coming decades.
A major issue in skill development is, however, the mismatch between the supply and demand of skills in the country. Skills need to be integrated into the education curriculum. Further, to address the issue of skills mismatch, there is a need to build on education-industry interface and there needs to be continuous updating of these programs. It is in this context Gen Next Skills Academy is one such noble attempt initiated by a public trust like Foundation for Education for All, New Delhi with a mission to identify needy young people and nurture their talents so as to improve their employability starting from drop outs to successful completion of course at school, polytechnic, college and university level. The Academy has begun its sincere efforts in imparting suitable skill training to young people in areas like telecom, aerospace, automobile, electronics, health care, media, information technology, software development, security, digital marketing, etc., aiming to cover thousands of young people over the period of ten years. The Academy being a center of excellence located in the heart of Bengaluru cityoffers wide range of skill development training courses supplemented with so many years of formal education makes a person employable which is our primary goal. The academy strongly believes that “Skilling is building a better India. If we have to move India forward development then skill development should be our mission “as very well said by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India- Shri. Narendra Modi.
As multinational corporations and industrial powerhouses contend at the global level, the need for qualified personnel has reached new peaks. Every company seeks trained professionals who can stand up to the challenge in this comprehensive corporate battlefield.Corporate world makes new innovative strides forward and the new professionals have to be as intuitive as this field. Thus, young professionals are required to show confidence and leadership skills. With the rapidly emerging new markets and ever evolving free economy, new exciting opportunities as well as tricky challenges arise. Undoubtedly company’s growth depends on the skills acquired by their employees nurtured by the academic and training institutions. Every professional has to take charge and responsibility of the task at hand. With the huge competition, success of any business, businesses of all sizes, domains and dominions, solely depends on the skilled professionals running it, skilled professionals with impeccable business ethics and attitude to compete and complete every obstacle in the way.
This became the guiding force for setting up of modern and sophisticated skill development academy in different parts of the countrywith the primary objective of “providing employment-oriented skill development trainings to young and unemployed graduates so as to empower them to improve their standard of living in association with industry and company.” Gen Next Skills Academy (GSA) is a unique center for industry-academia interface to meet the changing needs of the corporate and industrial houses in the country and the said advanced skill development academy is one such praise worthy attempt made by the foundation. Associated with prestigious Indian and Overseas Companies, GSA plans to offer wide variety of skill development training programs ranging to the unemployed graduates and working professionals at an affordable cost. These programs are designed to enhance their abilities on decision making, negotiation skills, management and leadership qualities. The Academy prepares the young population for future and also making them an invaluable asset. It believes that, “In order to succeed, their desire for success should be greater than their fear of failure.”
The New National Education Policy 2020 recently introduced in this country provides a sea of opportunities for the students of higher education with the inclusion of multiple exit options where students should have an option to exit at different stages and rejoin at any time with a compulsory one or two semesters internship for hands on experience in the industry. Another enduring feature of the new education system is the introduction of vocational courses or skill-oriented education from class 6 onwards. This should enhance the children's practical and creative skills with which they can learn some sort of life skills that will be further useful for them to eke out a living in future. According to NITI Aayog, by 2030, India will have the largest number of young working people in the globe, a population size, which will be a boon only if these young people are skilled enough to join the workforce, and to do so, we need huge number of skilled teachers for which the academy will play a unique role in grooming the large number of talented and skilled professionals in this part of the country. Nothing short of a revolution is thus required in skilling and the vocational education space in India, which has assumed critical propositions and might well determine the future growth of this country.To sum, days are not far away that India will emerge as a single largest provider of global talent, with one in four graduates in the world being a product of the Indian higher education system provided that they should be groomed globally employable workforce with desiredskills to make them ready for the “jobs of tomorrow.”The Academy conducts skill development courses in the priority sectors as stated below which are need of the hour to provide gainful employment to vast majority of the unemployed graduates in the country. While launching the skill courses indifferent sectors due care has been taken to exploit the market demand and available human resources in the particular region.