Skill Development in the 21st Century

Skill Development in the 21st Century
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In the 21st century, there is a premium on skills. The more skilled a person is, the more his or her chances of getting gainful and even meaningful employment and career choices. But, in Kashmir, there is either very little skill development or people are shifting away from skills, especially of the traditional variety. This can be ominous for the people of the region given the premium and demand for skills the world over. In lieu of this, skill development must be priority. But, the question is what kind and nature of skill development must be emphasized? In an age defined by automation and one which is moving gradually but inexorably Artificial Intelligence (AI), skills must be of a nature that are commensurate with and correspond to new developments and trends. It is not enough to impart basic and rudimentary skills to young people given that the nature of the development process and even industrialization is changing rapidly and drastically. The need is for robust skill development that is aligned to the needs of the 21st century. Otherwise, redundancy and obsolescence of extant skills and there nature thereof will lead to all sorts and kinds of problems. But, the question is who should pioneer skill development in Kashmir? The answer is the private sector which must bell the cat, so to speak and begin skill development here at a scale and mass that creates the necessary and requisite skills. Of course, the private sector, given its very nature, will not and should not do it out of charity. Skill development by the private sector in Kashmir can be done for profits but also with the aim of empowering young Kashmiris, so they earn a dignified livelihood and live dignified lives. In terms of logistics, well meaning, private players can and must develop linkages with other economies and supply these with skilled manpower from Kashmir. This will , besides giving exposure to Kashmiris enhance their wage levels and make them competitive in the global market place. In the final analysis, the 21st century world is changing rapidly and drastically in all domains. The shift is also pronounced in the world of labor, employment and work places. But, Kashmir remains trapped in a time warp. Prudence demands and warrants that before a tsunami of work place and kill change hits Kashmir, we must be prepared.