Skilled labour force must for high GDP

Special Correspondent

Brief training can make a difference

HYDERABAD: Leveraging technology for skill development among unskilled labour force alone can ensure the growth of gross domestic product at least at 8 per cent, according to B. Santhanam, Managing Director, Saint Gobain Glass India Ltd. Speaking a Skill Development Conclave-2009, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the State government, here on Wednesday, Mr. Santhanam said that out of the 300 million people in the workforce, over 230 million were unskilled in the country.


While the current capacity of India was to add three million labourers, the requirement was 14 million. If the investment in industrial training institutes(ITIs) had to be relied upon, the country could add only six million every year after 50 years.

By leveraging technology, e-learning could replace the typical pedagogy and reduce the necessity for a large number of trainers. Besides, at least 16 million labourers could be exposed to skill development a year.

Mr. Santhanam said e-learning could be introduced through the computer gaming companies by customising the skill development methodology.


Special Secretary of the Ministry of Labour S. Krishnan said that the consequences would be very serious, if the country did not address the demand-supply gap in the skill sets.

The country targeted to have 500 million skilled labourers by 2022. He said 80 per cent improvement could be achieved through small modular courses.

The construction industry was the worst sufferer due to lack of skilled manpower.

Weaker sections

Principal Secretary of Labour and Employment department of the State government S. Bhanwarlal said that the State government opened 42 in most interior parts making them accessible to people belonging to weaker sections.

Labour Minister G. Vinod underscored the need for a collaborative effort in skill development between government and private sectors, so as to enable the workforce meet the industry requirements and enhance their employability.

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