Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2011: Indo-German Cooperation Ties

Indo-German Cooperation Ties

  • As Germany and India focus on enhancing their strategic bilateral partnership, one field of increasing importance is the training of skilled personnel. A combination of the available workforce in India and Germany's famed dual training system can prove a successful mix.

  • One of India's biggest advantages is its growing and creative young population. According to India's annual report on unemployment, the average Indian will be only 29 years old in 2020; compared to 37 in China and the US; 45 in West Europe and 48 in Japan. And for a country so young, it would be a boon to create a well-trained workforce.

  • To this end, Germany can prove to be an experienced partner by bringing to India our system of dual vocational training. In simple terms, this means a combination of in-theschool ‘and on-the-job’ training. Under the German dual system, vocational schools impart theoretical knowledge to a student for two days a week, and students spend the other three days on the job, in industry. This process is also cost-effective as the government only pays for the vocational school and not for the high-tech machinery.

  • Apart from the cost benefits, our German dual system also helps shape the mindset of employees. It fosters pride in doing something manual and being able to support oneself. In a globalised world, you need this kind of proud workforce to stay competitive.

  • In 2008, the German and Indian Governments set up a bilateral working group on Vocational Education & Training (VET).

  • India is also looking at modernising its state vocational schools the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs). As a part of the National Skills Development Policy, the Indian Government is seeking to get German industry more involved under the VET. While this is a good starting point, there are various other aspects where Germany's expertise can prove helpful.

  • Germany has a very successful dual training model. This success is due to the quality of our instructors.

  • The two countries have agreed to enhance cooperation by providing a platform for the Train-the-Trainers'programmes. Another point on the agenda is support in establishing sector skills council in food processing and retail trades, the media industry, as well as the tourism and health care industries.

  • An important area of focus that has come to the fore in recent times is the Business-to-Business (B2B) collaboration.

  • This means to provide a platform for contacts and collaboration between Indian companies seeking partners in skills development and German training organisations seeking partners in India.

Courtesy: The Hindu and Times of India