Guwahati: The northeast region, mainly Assam,
is crucial to producing skilled people with potential for
absorption in various sectors within and outside the country,
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Skill Development, S
Ramadorai said on Thursday.
Stating that as per the Prime Minister`s vision about 500
million skilled people will be required in the country by year
2022, Ramadorai told reporters here that with so much scope
for employment, the focus now would be on training and making
the people skilled and ready for employment.
"Assam has employment scope in the agro industry,
horticulture, fishery, tourism and hospitality, tea industry,
IT and IT enabled sector, construction and health care. Skill
development will be required," he said.
`Green Job` opportunities would also emerge in energy
efficient sectors, water, waste, land, air and carbon
management sectors with concerns in these areas at the
international level, he said.
"The crucial factor is employment and employability. When
people are trained they are employable. Technology is a great
help in providing training. (We) must be open to all new ideas
within and outside the country," Ramadorai said.
Attending a meeting on skill development chaired by Assam
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, he said that the Skill Development
Council proposed to be the bridge between the central and
state governments and the international community.
"Today we had a productive discussion with all the stake
holders and all were articulate about their concerns on skill
development. Assam and the NE are extremely important to
producing skilled people," the former TCS chief said.
To concerns on the people from the region going out for
education and job opportunities, he said, "I don`t look at it
as brain drain but as brain bank. It is a good sign... it will
bring in competitiveness. Opportunities will emerge here with
industries and they will return."