Skill India : Gandhian Pathway: Prof M S Swaminathan
Chennai, 25 September, 2015: According to recent NSS data (2011-12) only one in 10 adults receive training under the Skill India Mission. It is obvious that unless there is a shift from unskilled to skilled work, the goals of poverty eradication and “make in India” movement will not be successful. Mahatma Gandhi always pointed out that rural India will stagnate economically and socially unless intellect and labour are married. Such an integration of brain and brawn can be achieved speedily in the rural sector through the following two steps.
Introduce skilled work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee programme, including the establishment of anganwadis, crèches, genetic gardens of biofortified plants and managing the school midday meal programme. Women labour, particularly can play an important part in this area, if the necessary skill training is given
Farmer to farmer learning through Farm Schools in outstanding farmers fields. Such a land to land programme can hasten the spread of skilled work in farming.
The above two measures will make a major contribution in achieving the goals of Skill India Movement.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.