Training for Dropouts
One of the major problems of secondary education in India is the large number of dropouts from school. Over the years, there has been a lot of talk about vocatiol training for them, but this has not caught on very well in India. This is largely because of what we have done to vocatiol training. For true vocatiol education, we need trainers who can impart the development of skills by actually demonstrating the skills. But what we have in most cases is an attempt to impart skills through the lecture method. What happens as a consequence, therefore, is that institutions of vocatiol education like the ITIs have generally failed to be of service to such school dropouts largely because of the way in which skills are sought to be imparted. Many of these institutions would seem to exist solely for the purpose of paying salaries to the instructors. As such, there is reason to rejoice that a Mumbai-based vocatiol skills training firm is planning to set up a centre in Assam to train school dropouts and absorb them in construction firms throughout the country. The company, Pipal Tree Ventures Private Limited, that has been providing vocatiol training to school dropouts for the last nine years in 20 centres across West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telenga, Gujarat and Maharashtra, trains more than 6,000 youths every year. And the proof of the pudding is in the eating. It has about 2,500 workers in construction sites. What is far more encouraging, however, is that many of the trainees end up as entrepreneurs who are able to absorb other trainees. One hopes that the firm will give a new meaning to vocatiol training in Assam as well.