Skills reforms 2021: from more courses with job guarantees to the development of entrepreneurial skills

At a time when the spotlight is fully on the construction of Aatmanirbhar in India, the young people of the country need skills that make them confident, empowered and also ready for the future. Even the new education policy led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been prepared keeping in mind the current needs of the education system. Our Prime Minister recently pointed out that the second most important goal after health in this year’s budget is education, skills, research and innovation. The higher education scenario is undoubtedly going through an exciting phase with the onset of new education policy and technological advancement.

According to a survey report by FICCI, at least 9% of Indians will take up jobs that currently do not exist and 37% of the workforce will need drastically changed skills to meet their job demands. Therefore, skills development programs need to be robust so that young people are well equipped with the critical skills needed to provide support and improve the economy. Over 1.5 million schools across India have had to close overnight due to the Covid 19 pandemic, throwing children into a whole new world of digital education. Although in the post-pandemic ecosystem, digital education has been embraced, India still needs to work intensively to create the environment of blended learning. According to a UNICEF report, only 24% of Indian households have internet to access online education.

Skills reforms 2021: from more courses with job guarantees to the development of entrepreneurial skills

Here are some of the reforms that are the need of the hour:

Finance and accounting courses continue to be the dominant courses

A report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that job opportunities in finance and business occupations are expected to grow faster than all other occupations between 2019 and 2029. More than 476,000 new jobs are expected to be added to the hundreds of thousands of positions already in place in these industries. So, for professional stability and growing opportunities, both courses offer a diverse career path to pursue.

Academic institutions should collaborate with professional institutes

The integration of academic institutions with professional institutes allows students and faculty members to have a richer, better, and sequenced curriculum. This type of program provides them with both practical and theoretical knowledge of the world. It also helps them to be ready for the future. The school experience also becomes unified. Even faculty members need to be trained in new teaching techniques that include activity-based learning, practical problem-solving skills, and skills in various subject areas.

More emphasis on presentation, business communication and task management

Today, companies are looking for presentation, business communication and task management skills in employees. Communication is the cornerstone of presentation and task management. In the digital world, it is important that you present your business ideas clearly to others. Business communication can be understood by including five broad topics: collaboration, public speaking, listening, nonverbal communication, and written communication. A good business communication process is about presenting ready-made ideas, executing decisions and successfully selling products.

Written by Ankit Shyamsukha, CEO, ICA Edu Skills

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