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Despite numerous government policies focusing on skill development in India skill development still remains a major challenge in the country. Examine.

Topic : Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

4. Despite numerous government policies focusing on skill development in India, skill development still remains a major challenge in the country. Examine. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu 

Why the question:

The article brings to us the challenges with skill development in the country.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain in what way despite numerous government policies focusing on skill development in India, skill development still remains a major challenge in the country.

Directive:

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly start with scenario of skill development in India.

Body:

First, highlight the importance of skill development and certain programmes to achieve so in the past.

Skill Development gains importance in a transiting society- demographically and technologically (onset of 4th Industrial Revolution) like India, as it enhances employability and equips one to tackle requirements of the labour market. Towards this end, many programmes have been launched like Skill India Mission, PM Kaushal Vikas Yojana, reforms in Apprenticeship Rules, Sector Skill Councils in recent times.

Despite this, certain issues plague skilled manpower of India, rendering low employability and employment rates like – Shortage of well-trained and skilled personnel, low Female participation in workforce, Skill Deficit in Rural Areas etc.

Suggest solutions to address the problems.

Conclusion:

Conclude that Skill Development should not be seen as an individual activity and needs to be dovetailed with other initiatives like Make in India, Digital India for scaling up economies.