Educational institutes must mould courses to impart demand-driven training: Manish Sisodia

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New Delhi: The educational institutes imparting technical, professional and applied science training must mould their courses making them more relevant and useful for industry, deputy chief minister of Delhi, Mr Manish Sisodia said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today.

“As companies operating in different domains are getting registered, it is pertinent for educational institutes to mould their courses in conjunction with industry which would scout for professionals in these areas in the times to come,” said Mr Sisodia while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM Education Summit.

Mr Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio impressed upon the need to make a list of desired goals to be achieved in education sector from perspectives of a nation, society, industry and family else all the discussions will end up in a vicious circle.

“We do not even have a dedicated union ministry for education in our country as the work being undertaken in the education sector is being taken care of by the Ministry of Human Resource Development,” he lamented.

“Before we actually proceed as a nation to evolve our education system to lead the nation and society, first of all we need to fix the issue as to whether we only intend to develop education sector merely in terms of human resource development or we are able to visualise it in a broader spectrum,” added the deputy chief minister of Delhi.

He also said that poor infrastructure has been major bane for education sector development in Delhi. “We need to look at growth in education sector in the country as a whole as Delhi’s education scenario cannot develop in isolation.”

Mr Sisodia further said that demand for infrastructure in education might vary depending upon the area/location, but there is a need to fix the overall outcome of education sector which would remain consistent across the country, which unfortunately has not happened till date.

“These are certain core issues that must be discussed by the industry, academia, government and other stakeholders,” he said.

Stressing upon the need to bridge the gap between knowledge/skill/training acquired by students passing out from higher-education, technical, skill-development institutions and the industry demand, he said “We may refer to experiences, experiments made by different countries in this regard to provide industry-ready workforce.”