Posted on October 29, 2008 by Shital
The concept of vocational training usually brings forth images of ITI classrooms filled with relevant machinery for learning technical skills – with the one catch that those technical skills may not be relevant for the Indian market. A Livemint.com article reports on an encouraging development in government that will create new courses that are actually market-driven.
Sources in the Ministry of Human Resource Development said that the fresh programmes range from ‘refrigeration´ and ‘applied psychology´ to ‘foreign trade exchange´.
Foreign trade exchange? Definitely relevant in today’s globalized world. The new programs will be rolled out under the Eleventh Plan, and may be worth looking into if an organization works on employment or education initiatives.
If you are interested in learning more about the government’s plan, take a look at the report from the Working Group on Skill Development and Vocational Training, published in 2006.
Filed under: Education, Employment, Government | Tagged: Eleventh Plan, ITI, livemint, Ministry of Human Resource Development, skills training, vocational training, Working Group on Skill Development and Vocational Train | 2 Comments »
Posted on August 24, 2008 by Santhosh
The folks at LiveMint have a radical idea to address the stray dog problem in the Indian cities – Privatize them! [Via India Uncut]
The fundamental problem is that stray dogs are “public property”, which creates what economists call “negative externality”. Those who feed and pamper the dogs while benefiting from wagging tails and warm cuddles are not held responsible for the nuisance dogs inflict on other citizens.
What is the way ahead? Privatize stray dogs. The municipalities of India’s metropolises should put stray dogs on sale. Animal rights activists and dog lovers are free to buy and own the canines as pets. They shall be held legally liable for damages their pets inflict on others
Very intriguing and compelling argument. I’m just worried about enforceability of such an idea. But, I’m sure its worth a try.
Filed under: Government, Public Awareness | Tagged: Indian Uncut, livemint, Negative Externalities, public goods, Stray Dogs | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 2, 2008 by Santhosh
Self Help Groups, or SHGs as they are better known, have come to be accepted in India as a potent means of empowering people who are suck on the wrong side of the poverty line – with special emphasis on rural women. SHGs, typically, consist of a group of 15-20 people who come together with the objective of creating a financial cushion in times of individual or collective exigencies. SHGs also promote independent thinking and inculcate a sense of responsibility since the money and effort involved belong to the members themselves.
Assam is the latest example where SHGs are fostering a silent revolution, as reported by livemint.
The primary aim of setting up SHGs was to address the problem of rural unemployment, remove disillusionment among youth and bring them back to mainstream from the path of militancy, he said. Moreover, gradually the young and educated unemployed rural population are equipping themselves to take up income generating activities by organising themselves into SHGs, Gogoi said.
The article quotes a survey conducted by Nanda Talukdar Foundation to point out that Upper Assam has benefited more from the state government initiative even though the actual intent was to benefit Lower Assam. Further reading of the article brings to front the need for increased planning and study of demographics to ensure that resources are targeted properly and benefit more people with lesser wastage.
While you are still at this post, you may want to read this report on “SHGs in India”. Though a couple of years old, it is educating nevertheless.
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Filed under: Employment, Grassroots Initiatives, Microfinance, Uncategorized, Women's Rights | Tagged: Assam, livemint, SHGs | Leave a comment »