Chandigarh: In order to hone the skills of youths in the country, the Centre is mulling to start a National Vocational Education and Training System. Union Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal is of the opinion that there is no dearth of jobs in the country, but the students are not being imparted right education according to the current trend.

Sibal was addressing a function organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Edu Summit 2011 here on Wednesday.

National Vocational Education System will be started to meet the current pace of the world after holding discussions with representatives of the corporate houses.

He said there is a loophole in the India Education System, which could be fixed, but it is not a one shot operation.

There are huge opportunities for skilled youths in the field of automobile industry, service sector, telecom, tourism and entertainment sectors.

There are 10 lakh jobs in the power sector, which is facing the crunch of skilled workers. Therefore, it is need of the hour to focus on skill development among youths.

HRD Minister declared that 31,000 colleges and universities in the country would be linked to the National Knowledge Centre (NKC) in the next two years. 

The Ministry will be providing free vocational courses to the students, while National Mission will be constituted on the school level. 

JPN/Bureau