Monday, January 25, 2021

Skill building

PB Acharya since he became the Governor of Nagaland has not missed out any opportunity to stress the need for skill education in the State. Last Thursday again, the Governor reiterated the need to supplement conventional education with skill courses in the State. According to him, skill building is a powerful tool to empower individuals and improve social acceptance. Addressing the annual conference cum seminar of Nagaland College Principals Forum at Jotsoma, the Governor said skill development was the driving force behind financial growth of any country. Asking the principal of colleges to impart the right knowledge and skill to their students, the Governor said, “Our students when they come out of colleges should be employable.” And this is the reason why successive governments at the centre have always laid great stress on skill development and entrepreneurship as the key to generating employment. Indeed the idea of harnessing human resource pool which is often referred to as demographic dividend is based on the premise that skilful human resource adds value to the rest of economic factors of production which catalyzes the growth in the economic output of a country. The economic output in turn improves quality of life which is among the prime indicators of a developed nation. Growing population makes sense only if it’s growing in quality as well. It should be skilful enough to not only carve its livelihood but also add value for the society at large. Unplanned, scattered and poor quality population growth will only add poverty, misery and burden for the state to run the show. Among other factors, the mismatch between populations’ skills and industry demands is what makes equation unsolvable leading to increased unemployment and sustained poverty in the economy. Here we cannot overstate the importance of entrepreneurship in education. Basically entrepreneurship in education is about inspiring entrepreneurial potential among those who want to understand the science and art of entrepreneurship or want to become effective entrepreneurs by eventually making most of their business decisions, using scientific tools and methodologies rather than mere thumb rules. It seeks to provide students with the knowledge, skills and motivation to encourage entrepreneurial success in a variety of settings. Earlier, there used to be a strong perception that flourishing entrepreneurs are born and cannot be made. But this contemplation of the meaning of a successful entrepreneur is slowly changing because of the success rates witnessed around the world as a result of imparting a well-conceived, well-designed and well-implemented education plan. In today’s scientific and technological era, many techniques and methodologies have been evolved to impart knowledge and skill base to eventually any profession or trade. Evidence from the west also shows that people with entrepreneurial education are more employable, successful, better entrepreneurs and more importantly better employees. Because entrepreneurship in education makes students more creative, opportunity oriented, pro-active and innovative as well as helps them to adhere to the wide definition of entrepreneurship relevant to all walks of life (ability and willingness to create value for other people). It benefits students from all socio-economic backgrounds because it teaches to think outside the box and nurtures unconventional talents and skills. Furthermore, it creates opportunity, ensures social justice, instils confidence and stimulates the economy. In fact young people with entrepreneurship education are more likely to develop proclivity and interest towards becoming entrepreneurs and set up their own economic units. It is imperative for a budding entrepreneur of today to have a right mindset, skill and knowledge as well as a positive attitude, in order to generate creative ideas for the entrepreneurial initiative and to turn those ideas into action. India, in general, and Nagaland in particular, need more entrepreneurs creating jobs, and it’s necessary to support this type of education. As the Governor had said it is important for educational institutions and the universities to promote entrepreneurship through education and stress its importance at all levels. Otherwise the pile of unproductive people will only grow.