India is one of the fastest growing economies of today. To sustain its growth trajectory, an efficient skill development ecosystem is imperative for India. A huge challenge exists in terms of the lack of trust between the government and private sector. The private sector in India often does not have the capacity to play an important role in skilling. Therefore, the system is very fragmented and national / state / private sector are rather silos than an integrated system.
To resolve these challenges, the Indo-German Programme for Vocational Education and Training (IGVET) implementing on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) – follows a ‘cluster approach’. The project promotes local collaborations between public institutions and the private sector with the support of local BMOs or sector skill councils in six different industrial clusters in India - Bhiwadi (Energy Efficient Construction), Bangalore (Electronics Manufacturing), Aurangabad (Automotive Components), Mumbai (Retail, E-Commerce), Hyderabad (Life Sciences) and Pune (Solar Energy).
To get a glimpse of how Germany is supporting India in skill development through its world recognised Dual VET programme, Mr Walter J Lindner, German Ambassador to India, visited the IGVET cluster in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan on 9 July. Representatives from the German Embassy in New Delhi and the Indian Ministry for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) graced the occasion with their presence.
During the visit, Mr Lindner visited the industrial training institutes/labs, interacted with the teachers, trainers and students and CEOs of companies. He showed a keen interest to learn what issues matter to them. A demo of the Virtual Reality Tool to train the students on uPVC Door and Window Making was also demonstrated during the visit. During the duration of the visit, the students manufactured a window that was introduced to the Ambassador to showcase the quality of the product.
The event involved an excellent exchange with young students and the stakeholders of the project. Mr Lindner was extremely happy to know how young students are receiving a quality training aligned with the industry demands in energy efficient construction of windows and doors and that all graduates so far found immediate employment. He appreciated the efforts of the IGVET in supporting the Indo-German cooperation to boost the vocational education and training in India.
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