“The biggest challenge of certification and the biggest challenge is to create that,” he said adding, “we need the right kind of assessors who can monitor to bring down can impart skill development training to the people”, said Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent charge) and Parliamentary Affairs.
Addressing the valedictory session of the 11th India Health Summit organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Minister said that though skill development has become a buzzword today – “We need out-of- the-box ideas to channelize this great desire in the entire system to work on skill development,” he said. For example, he said, we can create a National Nursing University to bridge the shortage of nurses in the health sector.
Pointing out that the “Prime Minister wants skill development to be accorded high priority,” the minister said that there is a need for standardization of skill development programmes. “We need to have some kind today is to create skillers or those who these walls whether the training being given is what is required.” Otherwise, he stressed, the country will have a big workforce but a majority will not be employable as they don’t have the right type of skills.
“We need to utilize the available infrastructure and have to make skill development programmes outcome oriented,” the Minister said, adding that the government is ready to partner with the private sector in this endeavour.
Earlier, welcoming the Minister, Dr Naresh Trehan, Chairman, CII National Committee on Healthcare and Chairman & Managing Director, Medanta-The Medicity, said that the NGO, private and public sectors have thick firewalls between them. “We need to make the effort to bring down these walls so as to make India a power in the healthcare sector,” he added.
Dr Trehan called for more efficient working across sectors and said that scalable efforts need to be made in this direction. He cited the CII programme that aims to impart skills to those in the health sector so that they can chart a “knowledge-based professional progression path.” To overcome the huge human resource shortage in the health sector, “we are training 50,000 people in skill develop- ment,” he said.
Dr Rana Mehta, Executive Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers, elaborated that the Health Summit deliberated on how the private and the government sector can work together in the sector. He also stressed on the need to provide technological access across the country.
Concluding the session, Rahul Khosla, Co-Chairman, CII National Committee on Healthcare and Managing Director, Max India Limited, pointed out that every citizen has to be assured of the quality of health mission programmes in the country. He assured the Minister that “we have at the intent to do so.”
The two-day CII summit with the theme, Health for All Call to Action, was attended by government representatives, healthcare professionals, allied healthcare service providers, and media among others.