Feb 25, 2015 (CT Group Chairman, S. Charanjit Singh Channi): India’s “demographic bulge” – the hundreds of millions of young people who will flood its job markets in the next decade – is in danger of sliding into a lopsided paunch that will weigh the nation down and crimp its gross domestic product. The problem is simple: Indians are obsessed with textbook education and white-collar dreams. They also want high salary packages and job preference near to their native or home town places. I feel, today’s rely maximum on their bookish knowledge and wants to get the job of their preference on the basis of this knowledge.
They overlook the demand and company’s preference for skilled and practically knowledgeable employees. Outside India, I have found that students from 8th standard start getting the practical knowledge regarding their likable job. Like- the building construction in which they were given knowledge about bar vending, plumbing, Welding and other chores regarding this work. By the time, that student went college for pursuing his degree course or diploma, they become well trained about their job practically. But this skill development training doesn’t exist in India.
As per a survey, the number of engineering passed out youngsters have increased so much that they are forced to work on a salary package of Rs 10,000 to 12,000 per month. Contrary, an electrician or a plumber earns more than 30,000 to 40,000 per month. Here, I want to suggest parents that they should not force their children to study when I don’t want it. If they want to pursue their mind and skills in some practical work training and skill development, Kindly Let them do so. It will not only make them happy but focused about their kind of choice.
I want to share my personal experiences as being Chairman of CT Group of Institutions I used to hire employees for my institutions for that I used to interview them. During those interviews, I observe that maximum of them were just having bookish information but were not aware about their professional skills. Even they were not seen capable enough to introduce themselves properly. As we are aware, Central Government has been running 50-60 skilled development schemes for the youngsters. In which, they are getting free education and skilled development programmes scholarships.
If I talk about struggle period, I would say when in 1962 I passed 8th standard and took admission at Government Senior Secondary School, Ladowali Road, Civil Engineering. At that time, there were not higher secondary. In class 9th-10th, I was giving skilled training about bricks and civil engineering. There was couple of workshops through which we gained in-depth knowledge about our task. But now, nothing like that happen and today there is shortage of practically strong youth. The skills required on the job market of tomorrow are different from the skills required yesterday, yet educational institutions and policy-makers too often focus on promoting the useful skills of the past over the useful skills of the future.
The future job market demands a talented labour force with increasingly complex and specialised skills. The job market may turn into a ‘superstar’ job market that focuses heavily on talent. In this connection, we may define talent as people with the skills in demand by companies or with the ability to create companies of their own. On the one hand, we have too few highly educated people and too many with medium or low levels of education, and, on the other hand, too many of the highly educated people have different skills than those required by companies.
Talent is hence increasingly in demand while other people with more mediocre abilities compete for a shrinking pool of jobs that are increasingly outsourced or automated. These people are instead forced to take temporary jobs and the jobs requiring lower levels of skill.
I request and urge every parent to listen to their child’s mind and heart then choose their profession. Don’t force them let them be themselves, let them enjoy the democracy, let them be the free bird to learn from life experiences and lessons.