The huge chain of networks that exists in everyone’s life is bound by a pattern of dots – the dots to connect different relations, different emotions, different choices, and different preferences, which come together to complete you as a person of unique identity.
Not beating around the bush, let’s understand the concept of dots! The learning process in India has always been complex, where there is an idea of a network, but lack of implementation. The need for change requires this idea to transform into a well-defined concept, tagged as an ecosystem, where the dots are the key stakeholders, each of them placed at different positions with different sets of responsibilities that can have completely different reactions in the building of a new, sustainable ecosystem, if connected in the correct pattern.
It’s not always about the goal, sometimes it’s about the role!
Only the roads to a successful journey can lead to the correct destination. And remember, learning is always a journey – but who facilitates this path? Our key stakeholder!
The ecosystem we work towards achieving has different components with a unique set of responsibilities, which, in a flow of network, can contribute to the most effective learning system. If we be specific and list out their roles, they go as follows:
- The NGOs focus on skill-development and livelihood-creation by creating entrepreneurial opportunities for the students. While adopting the neglected segments of the society, NGOs endeavor to encourage community participation to the optimal extent, both in planning and implementation, to contribute to the strong network of learning.
- With the necessary resources and expertise in various domains in the sector, corporates have started taking initiatives by training and building skills in-house. The private sector can also strengthen skill-development by contributing to governance through national committees or other institutional arrangements. They can help identify the demand for skills, feed into curricula development, and deliver monitoring and evaluation activities as well.
- Government agencies work towards the development of various programs and schemes. With schemes like Make in India, Skill India, Kaushal Vikas Yojna, etc., the government is ensuring a qualitative change by means of thorough implementation that can help the country’s economy, service delivery, and technology improvement.
- Training partners hold a very important role as they provide skill-specific training and capacity-building to the students.
There is nothing wrong with change if it is in the right direction.
The study titled ‘Skills development in India – An overview‘ highlighted an urgent need to realign the skill ecosystem in the country to ensure quality, scalability, and sustainability.
The important change required is understanding the fact that “skilling is a journey, the journey of a milestone, which can be facilitated to students only with a healthy chain of an ecosystem where the correct formation of a network is established.”
Another thing to take into account is that skill development is the main thrust behind the financial development and community improvement of any nation. It is an intense tool to engage people and enhance their social acknowledgment. It must be supplemented by financial development and job opportunities to meet the rising goals of the youth. The challenge lies not just in the quantitative development of skills, but also in raising their quality.
“The journey of a thousand milestones begins with a single step”
The journey we tried highlighting is the journey of change and the establishment of a healthy, sustainable, vision-oriented society, where the gap is filled with the correct set of learning. The journey has already started, and adding steps can lead to its vision aligned – the vision of a well-versed network of learning. The current job, therefore, is to look at the bigger picture, define the vision, create the enablers, identify and connect the dots, and align them in a manner that lets every effort be maximized so that a new ecosystem is achieved – a system of a better tomorrow.