Tuesday, April 19, 2011

NSDC and Everonn tie-up to train 15 million candidates

Education company Everonn Education Ltd. on Monday signed an agreement with the government co-promoted National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to train 15 million candidates in a deal that will, over the next 12 years, generate Rs. 14,000 crore (Rs. 140 billion) in revenue for the company. The entire project will be carried by Everonn Skill Development Ltd (ESDL), a subsidiary of Everonn Education that will set up 217 centres across India.

Both Everonn and NSDC made the announcement in Mumbai and said the total investment required for this would be Rs153.76 crore (Rs. 1.53 billion). While the NSDC will buy a 27% stake in ESDL for Rs. 14.15 crore (Rs. 141.5 million), it will also extend it a loan of Rs. 101.34 crore (Rs. 1.01 billion). ESDL will invest Rs. 38.27 crore (Rs. 382.7 million) initially and, according to Everonn Education's Managing director P. Kishore, Rs. 300 crore (Rs. 3 billion) in the next two years.

"ESDL will be training 15 million people over the next 12 years. The average course fee is expected to be approximately Rs. 9,000 per person with the course ranging from 30 days to six months... This may translate into an overall revenue generating potential of approximately Rs. 14,250 crore (Rs. 142.5 billion) over the next 12 years," Everonn said in a statement.

NSDC, which aims to train 150 million people by 2020, said the deal is the largest in terms of the number of people who will be trained. The initiative is part of a larger national mandate to train 500 million people to bridge the growing mismatch between education and employment. While NSDC itself has a mandate to train 150 million, several Central government ministries will take care of the task of training the others.

According to NSDC, ESDL will impart training in nine labour-intensive sectors — textile, construction, automobile, organized retail, tourism, hospitality, health care services, media and entertainment, basic engineering, and IT and IT-enabled services. The company will start its training programme in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and then go national. The training will happen the traditional way as well as through technology-enabled platforms (e-learning).

The beneficiaries will be primarily from tier-II and tier-III (or smaller) cities and that the training would come with placement assurances "which (will) come through industry tie-ups". Experts say vocational education is the need of the hour and that most students graduating from colleges still need training. "Employability is a bigger issue than employment," said Rituparna Chakraborty, co-founder of TeamLease Services Private Ltd., a staffing services company.

A 2010 report by audit and consulting firm KPMG said that inadequate skills is a major area of concern in India and added that training could change the contours of the country's job market. India’s automobile sector alone faces a shortage of 300,000 skilled workers, the KPMG report said.

According to the government, only 10% of India's workforce is made up of highly skilled workers; the corresponding proportion is at least 50% in developed countries. The Central government has increased the planned allocation for education to over Rs. 52,000 crore (Rs. 520 billion) for 2011-12, which is 24% more than the previous fiscal.

Meanwhile, human resource development minister Kapil Sibal, who is working on a national vocational education qualification framework, held a discussion on the same in Delhi on Monday and reiterated the need for training more people to sustain the economic growth of the country.

Source: Mint, April 19, 2011

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