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Mission of education should be capacity building: Kalam

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said on Monday that there is a large gap in the availability of employable skill, and to bridge this gap, an interface is needed between the education system and the needs of the three sectors of economy.

New Delhi, May 14 : President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said on Monday that there is a large gap in the availability of employable skill, and to bridge this gap, an interface is needed between the education system and the needs of the three sectors of economy.

Inaugurating the Education Summit - Innovating for Excellence organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), here on Monday, Kalam emphasized the requirement for skilled manpower in IT, healthcare and small scale industries.

"At present India has 540 million youth under the age of 25 which will continuously be growing till the year of 2050. During this period, India needs large number of talented youth with higher education for the task of knowledge acquisition, knowledge imparting, knowledge creation and knowledge sharing," Kalam said.

Kalam said that the universities and the school education systems needed to create two cadres of personnel with skilled youth specific knowledge of special skills and global cadre of youth higher education.

He said that universities and secondary school education system will have to work towards increasing the out-put of the university education system from the existing 10 percent to 15 percent by the year 2015, 20 percent by the year 2020, 25 percent by the year 2025 and 30 percent by the year 2030.

He also added that a National Policy for creating a "Global Development Cadre for India" can be evolved through a national team drawing experts from multiple ministries, education system, experts from three sectors of the economy and various professional associations and societies.

The educational system should highlight the importance of entrepreneurship and prepare the students to get oriented towards setting up of enterprises which will provide them creativity, freedom and ability to generate wealth. Entrepreneurs should produce competitive products for becoming successful in their missions, he said.

"When the students come out of the educational institutions certain capacities are required to be built in them to deal with the real world, particularly to grow in their professional career and participate in the national development" , said the President.

"For participating in the nation building tasks, the capacities required to be built among the students in their formative years by the educational institutions are: The capacity for research or inquiry; the capacity for creativity and innovation; the capacity to use high technology; the capacity for entrepreneurial leadership; and the capacity of moral leadership". He emphasized on inclusion of moral studies as an integral part of education.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, President Designate, CII said that CII was for social inclusiveness and to provide the socially and economically vulnerable population a chance to be part of mainstream economy.

CII will sign an MoU with All India Council of Technical Education based on the recommendations of CII collaborated by the study of Indian Council of Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER), said Mr. Mittal. For a better academia - industry interface, CII is in dialogue with 348 universities and has set up a University Council, he added.

ANI

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