India and Germany join hands on Skill Agenda : Germany Contributes : 22.6 CRORES INR for Skill Development in India

India and Germany join hands on Skill Agenda

Germany Contributes : 22.6 CRORES INR for Skill Development in India

August 22, 2016, New Delhi: Germany and India are deepening th eir collaboration in the area of skill development. An implementation agreement was signed betw een the Ministry of Skill Development a nd Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and (German International Cooperation (GIZ), to initiate a new pro ject focused on adapting elements of the German dual system in select industrial clusters in India.

This new project will run f or three years starting August 2016 with a budget of EUR 3,000,000 (22.6 Crores INR) – made available by the German Government and aims to foster conditions which will help create and improve coope rative workplace-based vocational training in India’s industrial clusters. The project will be implemented in three selected clusters, which include the Automobile cluster in Maharashtra and Electronics cluster in Bangalore.

German technical assistanc e will be used to enhance industry instit ute partnerships between Indian and German organizations, build capa city of local training institutions and foster industry linkages which will help adapt elements of the German dual system, into the Indian context. This new project will also p ay an important role in supporting MSD E’s existing programmes to scale up apprenticeship training.

The project will be imple mented under the umbrella of the ‘J int Memorandum of Unders tanding (MoU) in the field of S kill Development and Vocatio nal Education and Training (VET)’, sign ed during the Indo- German intergovernmental consultations on 5th October 2015 in New Delhi.

The Joint Working Group, under the MoU held its first meeting on 26 July 2016, in New Delhi. At the meeting, the two countries agreed to deepen their collaboration in a number of specific areas including: curriculum development, research and sharing of best practic es, training of trainers, and establishing cooperative workplace based s kill training programmes in thre e industrial clusters.

Commenting on the Indo- German partnership in the area of s kill development, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Skill Development and Ent repreneurship said, “We in India recogn ize the fact that Germany’s du al system is widely acclaimed as one of the best in the world, noted f r its close linkages between industry a nd training institutions. This provides a competitive edge to Germ an industry and businesses. W e need to adapt elements of the Germ an VET system to the Indian context to ensure that skill training in Indi a is closely aligned with the req uirements of industry.”

“Germany has been one of countries which is on top of the manufacturing and innovation pyramid and continues to develop most high end products. It ha s some of the best working models in sustainable workforce dev elopment which is the reason for the country’s economic progres s. This partnership with Germany will help strengthen our skill deve lopment initiatives. The recent budget allocations that have be en made for promoting apprenticeship programs in the country w ill help our plans see daylight” said Shri

Rohit Nandan, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development a nd Entrepreneurship.

“Germany is known for its excellent vocational education system that relies on the strong participation and engagement of the private sector. Having a very long standing partnership with India, German y is pleased to support the “Skill India” and “Make in India” initiati ves with a new bilateral progra mme on vocational education and training. Herein, the engagement of private enterprises, including Germ an firms, as carriers for skill de velopment will be crucial for the succes s“, said German Ambassador to India, Dr Martin Ney, today during an official signing ceremony for the launch of a new bilateral partner programme at the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).

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