The ambassador and the minister discussed the need for devising courses on apprentices to suit the fast expanding industry of modern India and setting up a national workers vocational university. A senior Labor Ministry official said the proposed technical university will be an umbrella for industrial training institutes (ITIs) and other training institutes.
“The need for affiliation of courses run by Indo-German Chamber of Commerce under the National Council on Vocational Training (NCVT) and the need for development of curriculum for ‘fitter’, ‘welder’ and electrician trades was also discussed,” the statement said.
Terming the talks with Dattatreya “productive”, Steiner said that he was impressed to see the “speed and intensity” at which the ministry was taking forward the crucial issue of vocational training of young Indians. The ambassador has also invited Dattatreya to visit Pune where Germany has a cluster of industries already in the process of imparting skills. Dattatreya said his ministry’s focus would be on the unorganized sector which constitutes 93 per cent of the workforce and also briefed the German ambassador about the recent initiatives taken up by his ministry for welfare of unorganized workforce. At the meeting which was also attended by senior Ministry officials, the minister appraised the ambassador about the recent labor laws reforms that were cleared by Parliament.
Source: The Hans India