More investment in quality education sought
KOLLAM: T.K.A. Nair, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, has said that the country faces a huge skill deficit and as a result of which all major sectors of the nation’s economy are short of quality manpower.
Mr. Nair was delivering the A.Thangal Kunju Musaliar commemorative lecture here on Saturday organised as part of the golden jubilee celebrations of the TKM College of Engineering. Mr. Nair said that quality in technical education was crucial. Realising this, the Union government had cleared a National Skill Development Plan, which would be complemented soon by a National Skill Development Mission headed by the Prime Minister.
In order to reap the demographic dividend there was a need to invest more in quality education. It was with this aim that the Eleventh Five Year Plan had given a significant thrust to education by increasing the allocation for it by over five times than the previous Plan, he said.
Mr. Nair said many observers mentioned the fact that the State had lost out on its economic potential by not having invested adequately in technical education. Studies revealed that Kerala’s lack of focus on technical education led to it missing the early benefits from the IT revolution.
Fortunately, now the situation had got corrected by appropriate policies and Kerala was now being increasingly seen as an attractive location for the IT industry.
Mr. Nair said that Thangal Kunju Musaliar was a legend who had made valuable contributions to the socio-economic development of the State. Musaliar saw education as the instrument to translate the idea of freedom in the lives of the ordinary people. The function was presided over by TKM College Trust president Shahal Hassan Musaliar.
Chairman and Managing Director of the Hindustan Latex Limited M. Ayyappan delivered the keynote address. Chief General Manager of the Indian Rare Earths S. Suresh Kumar spoke. TKM College of Engineering Principal Ziaudeen welcomed the gathering.