Tokyo: In a major boost to India's skill development programme, Japan will set up institutes in the country to train 30,000 people in 10 years, particularly in rural areas, in Japanese style manufacturing skills and practices.
The first three such institutes would start in summer next year in Gujarat, Karnataka and Rajasthan.
This was announced after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe here.
"Japan's private sector will set up an institute of manufacturing in India to train 30,000 people in 10 years, especially in rural areas," Abe said.
Modi added, "Our dialogue in regard to training and skills development has broken new ground, and is an important component of our economic partnership."
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, while briefing the media after the talks between Modi and Abe, said the area of skill development was a "missing piece" in the otherwise close relations between the two countries.
He said the decision on skill development was a "big outcome" of the talks.
A Joint Statement issued later said the two Prime Ministers decided to cooperate on the human resource development in the manufacturing sector in India through "Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme".
"This programme will enhance the manufacturing base of India and contribute to "Make in India" and "Skill India", through training 30,000 persons over next 10 years with Japanese style manufacturing skills and practices through the establishment of the Japan-India Institutes for Manufacturing (JIM) and the Japanese Endowed Courses (JEC) in engineering colleges designated by Japanese companies in India in cooperation between the public and private sectors," it said.