“With the pandemic leaving a dent in the job market, the 3,000 crores earmarked for skill development last year has become even more critical. This needs to be taken to execution to ensure stimulus to the relevant industries and job roles that have been severely impacted by COVID. There’s been a paradigm shift in promoting the holistic development of human resources for improving outcomes and raising productivity, rather than only boosting specific skill-sets. More focus needs to be laid on the Skill India Mission launched in 2015 to ensure that the world’s to-be largest working-age population is trained enough to be productive across industries, which can help boost the country’s economy.
The plan for NTA to offer biannual high-quality common, as well as specialized aptitude tests, needs to ensure that the rubber meets the road soon. Technology will play a key role in the efficient and effective conduct of these examinations through modern proctoring capabilities. The setting up of a National Recruitment Agency for common entrance tests for all non-gazetted posts is a positive step for the job-seeking youth of the country.”