Held at Ramakrishna Mission ShilpamandiraBelur MathOn 21
August 2013Dear monastic brothers, Sri Biplab Ray, Deputy Director, Directorate of TechnicalEducation, Govt of West Bengal, Sri Partho Chakraborty, Vice President [Projects],SenBo Engg Ltd, Sri Anupam Bhattacharya, Entrepreneur & Fellow of Indian Society of Electrical Engineers, Sri Ranjan Ghosh Dastidar, Technical Consultant, Uma Group of Companies, Distinguished Training & Placement Officers of different reputedPolytechnics all over West BengalI am very glad to inaugurate this Training & Placement Officers Seminar, the firstof its kind in our State, today at Ramakrishna Mission Shilpamandira. I am also very happy that you have all come here, representing your respective Colleges, with a fondhope that there will be a meaningful dialogue between Industry & EducationalInstitutions, whereby both will depart from here mutually enriched.Swami Vedatitananda just now said that this TPO Summit
2013 has beenorganized by the Directorate of Technical Education & Training, Govt of West Bengal,under the aegis of Ramakrishna Mission Shilpamandira. Well, allow me to explain to you, in some detail, the thought behind this endeavor. We all know that today, around 20,000 students are emerging out of this State with a Diploma certificate.
I quote this statistic from the West Bengal State Council’s
official website. Even if we assume that 15% of them pursue higher education, we are left with at least 17,000 students who need to be absorbed in the manufacturing or servicessector.Now, the 61
round of the National Sample Survey Organization states that 26%of Diploma Engineers in India are unemployable. Even if we consider that our State belongs in the average band of this statistic, we are left with 4,500 diploma holders whoare unemployable. They have a valid diploma certificate. Yet no industry would like toemploy them! When established industries reject these diploma holders asunemployable, I guess it would be meaningless to even consider the option of entrepreneurship for this group!On the other hand, the demand for skilled work force from the Industrial sector isincreasing. CRISIL Research has published that in 2010, the requirement for skilled work force in the National Industry sector was 92 million! The demand from theIT/ITeS [Information Technology & Information Technology enabled Services] sector,again at the National level, was around 132 million for the same year.This seems to be a strange situation we are facing here. On the one hand, there isgenuine demand for skilled people from the Industrial Sector. On the other hand, the