Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Ustaad, Mureed, Gurukul, Shishya

Mr Manish Sabharwal’s elegant writings are more like a new technology which not only cut through the costs but make sense to think particularly on skill development.

Here is the “Learning While Earning” in which interestingly writes “apprenticeship learning. Professions like doctors, chartered accountants and lawyers have mandatory apprenticeships. Research shows that apprenticeships account for 70% of competence development in many countries. So, why is the powerful train of apprenticeships for skill development still stuck at the station in India?

I am thinking for some time why there is no optional or mandatory apprenticeship for subjects like economics in Indian colleges and universities in which most of the post graduate and doctorate students pass out without a sense of other economic systems like Austrian Economics or free market economics.

This article draw several questions which needs urgent attention but the fact is “Today’s problems start with a regulatory framework that is fractured between the Directorate General of Employment and Training (DGET) of the ministry of labour, the ministry of human resource development and State Apprenticeship advisers. The partition between a graduate and trade apprenticeship is artificial and exists only in the cerebral cortex of regulators”.

And the “Critics say this is a misallocation and waste of government money but isn’t this better than a 90 day job under NREGA? If not anything, it puts youth into a corridor for permanent jobs with the improved employability that comes from experience”.

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