Stressing on the need to train people, he said India should develop an architecture whereby it becomes the supplier of skilled workforce everywhere.
To train people, the Department of Telecom (DoT) and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) today signed an MoU to develop and implement National Action Plan for Skill Development in telecom sector.
Prasad said the growth rate of telecom sector between 2013-2017 would be around 15 per cent and currently, the sector contributes 3 per cent of the country's GDP.
"The requirement of workforce in this field was about 2.8 million in 2013, it will reach 4.16 million by 2022. So you require a minimum 20 lakh trained manpower," Prasad said.
The minister also announced that an audit will be done to check spare space in public sector units (PSUs) under DoT, that can be utilised to a skill development centres. MSDE and DoT together have agreed to make concerted joint efforts towards skill development by facilitating mobilisation
of financial support for various activities for development of telecom skills.