|1. India in 2002 - a very Young Nation, we want Action!
55% of Indians [550 million people] are below 30 years of age and 70% of Indians [700 million people] are below 35 years of age! India is a very young Nation. What sort of India are we leaving behind for them?
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2. India's Priority - Primary + Secondary Education + Vocational Education & Training
While India needs IIT's, IIM's and Medical colleges, (we are fairly well organized for higher education, in fact we have too much of it) the real requirement is for Primary Education & Secondary Education and Vocational Education & Training. 100% of India's population need basic or Primary + Secondary education while 90% need to get into some sort of Vocational Education & Training after high School. Everyone cannot become an Engineer, MBBS, MBA, Accountant or a Lawyer! The Founder Trustee of our foundation is from IIT and feels that for every one IIT India need's 1000 or more Vocational Education & Training Centres!
3. Vocational Education & Training in Europe
University education does not necessarily prepare the youth for Life; also there is NO guarantee of a job after a university degree. It is for this reason that 80 to 90% of the youth, after the 10th, opt for Vocational Education & Training where they work part time [at minimum or lower wages], as apprentices, with Industry and Trade for 2 to 4 years and study simultaneously in a Vocational Education & Training Institute, for learning the theory and acquiring the relevant knowledge and theory.
This way, the business and trade get low cost manpower for 2 to 4 years, while the youth are learning a new trade, both on-the-job as well theory in the Vocational Education & Training Institute. This combination results in World Class skilled youth. There are 2500 trade options in Europe. These Vocations cover the Manufacturing, Service and Trading Sectors, including Agriculture as well as the New Economy.
4. Vocational Education & Training - Advantage India!
If India could impart Vocational Education & Training, rather than only the conventional college education, it would benefit all and have the following additional advantages for the Nation:
5. Wastage of scarce resources - The scramble to study 10+2, BA, B.Com or BSc, - is it worth it?
- Prepare the youth for a vocation of their choice
- Build up a formidable Work-Force of International Quality, which would have demand not only in India but in all countries of our Planet. In India only IT training is world class. See how it has and will transform India in the future. (We also produce World Class Engineers, Doctors, Accountants, etc.) In the manufacturing and service sectors there are hundreds of skills and vocations for which there is a world wide shortage. For example, TV, electrical appliance repair & service. Automobile & Motorcycle repair & service. Foreign language skills. Medical and Health services. Hospitality, Tourism, Retailing, Construction, Telecommunications, Electronics, Agriculture, General Engineering, Teaching, etc. The list is very large.
- For India we need millions of trained people in the area of services for Agriculture, Floriculture, Horticulture, Sericulture, Fishery, Health Care, Tourism, Trading, Services, Business and hundreds of skills for the Manufacturing Sector. We do not see World Class Vocational Education & Training infrastructure, even after 55 years of India's independence.
- Reduce Unemployment by supplying world-class skilled people required by the Nation and for rest of the World!
- Reduce Cost & Improve Productivity of Trading, Services and Manufacture by providing skilled Man Power. Run the country with a higher efficiency, lesser wastage and lower cost of operation.
In India the scramble for College and University education is a disaster for all concerned. It seems, we are preparing the youth to become "Babus". The country does not only require "Babus"; in fact we have too many of them! We require an entire spectrum of skilled man power. What is the relevance of a BA, BCom or BSc or even a MA, MCom or MSc degree in today's complex economy? Probably very little, since it may be required for hardly 3% of India's population, or about 30 million people per year at the most, at this stage.
We are stretching the existing higher educational facilities to a breaking point. The Faculty and infrastructure is not able to cope at the increasing number of students, after they have completed their high school education. Like "Zombies" every one wants to join some college or the other with out a road map or plan about their future. It's a National Tragedy of sorts!
6. Government + Industry + Trade + Services + Educational Institutions - need to work together
As you are in the think tank of India's education set up and are probably looking at ways to act as a catalyst to improve the productivity of Industry, Trade and Services as well as to make India more competitive, you may like to take up this matter of Vocational Education & Training with all the State Authorities, the Ministry of HRD and Education in New Delhi, and all the Chambers of Commerce in India as well as the All India Business Associations such as CII, FICCI & ASSOCHAM.
7. What can we do for you?
We can assist and help you in the following areas:-
Starting with this book. Please see details of other list of publications as detailed out on page 88. We request you to look at the inside cover page to note that this book of 100 pages is also available in 12 Indian languages such as Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Assamese, Bengali, Oriya, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada & Malayalam. English is only understood by 7% of the Indian population.
- Interactive Workshops
We conduct interactive workshops in the following topics as detailed on page 84. 'Relevant Manufacturing Policy for India', 'Relevant Educational Policy for India', 'Globalization and how India can grow at +10% per year', 'Good Governance and how it benefits the citizen', Employment Generation for 10 million people per year', 'How to make Money after leaving College', 'Transforming India through Education'.
- Mind-Set-Change of Teachers, Parents & the Youth
Kindly see the projects 1 and 2 as detailed on page 91. Not only are the Projects described but the positive impact of these Projects are also explained in detail.
- Providing Relevant Data
Kindly refer to our website at www.wakeupcall.org, all our publications as mentioned under item 1, list of references as detailed out on page 85 and you will see that we have extracted a lot of relevant data for you the reader and formatted the same for easy reading and understanding. All our data is updated, as far as possible, once a year.
- Setting up Vocational Education & Training Centres within India
We work with a few large organizations within India who collectively train more than 10 lac people per year. We are their knowledge partners. By use of technology, by use of actual training centres, by use of integrating such training centres with business and industry in each local area, by providing trained 'Trainers & Mentors' for actual training, by conducting assessments, exams and certification of trained persons, by providing counseling before training and placements after training, we add a lot of value for the youth in any geography or district of India. Details on request.