Empowering the youth of the country is the key to generate employment and entrepreneurship. Merely relying on theoretical knowledge is no longer the norm for the future vision of India what with 'Make in India' going strong.

It is typical old worldview that a skill based education is only for dim wits and the intellectually better offs would go for higher theoretical education and ultimately become managers. This common notion was recently proven wrong emphatically in the case of Indian software engineers.

Indian software engineers took up a project with British Petroleum, they were totally at a loss to comprehend the process knowledge. What does this imply? A total lack of technical skills, and loads of textbook skills. why don’t we give emphasis to skill development?

I don’t mean to say that a software engineer should have a knowledge of petroleum industry, but one should at least have basic knowledge of the industrial processes.

While this is the case, we do find that there are lot of students who early on in their life decide to take their paths towards skill oriented careers and gladly succeed. There are a host of the new generation vocation institutes that are replete with promising courses with the latest technologies and practices in the industries.

Make in India

Many vocational training schools also have the right emphasis on proper scholastic training also apart from the skill building education. With the “Make in India” going strong, we are looking at a young generation that is properly equipped to grab the jobs that are available. For this, the students have to train themselves with contemporary skills.

It is not only important to go to vocational schools, it is also important to upgrade and update the skills and stay contemporary in the industry to survive the technological advances and grow. Let us make the skills also in India.

What to look out for

While seeking technical education, it is common for students to get carried away by the many opportunities available and the choices present. One has to take proper guidance. One has to see the demand for a particular course in the coming decade and then decide to join that course.

Then, one has to consider the list of vocational courses and see if the course selected is available in the list. Only after ascertaining should one proceed. The vocational courses list is full of many promising courses and one may choose the best of them.

One should look for proper accreditation while selecting the school or the college. Also, one has to check the laboratories and their affiliations with industries or the related organization. This is because without proper tie ups vocational institutes cannot provide hands on technical skills.

Come let us make India a technically self sufficient nation.