India and Singapore to collaborate for educating Indian Youth in Aviation Sector at Aero Show

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India and Singapore will be signing an agreement next week at the Aero Show for imparting education to the Indian Youth in the field of Aviation. Bengaluru and a few other places will be appointed as hubs for implementing the movement and training them for a domestic and overseas job in this particular field.

National Skill Development Corporation of India’s (NSDC) Aerospace and Aviation Sector Skill Council will be collaborating with Singapore Polytechnic and a Singapore-based private sector firm by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on February 22 to establish skill development centers.

Aero Show is scheduled to be conducted from February 20-24, providing a platform for students to inform about the business opportunities in the International aviation sector.

”Centers of Excellence in Advance Skilling” are established to provide training and certification followed by the Singapore Curriculum in disciplines such as aerospace and aviation, emerging technologies, automotive and logistics.

“These are all priority sectors under ”Skill India” and ”Make in India” programmes, which require a large workforce with advanced technical skills,” India’s High Commissioner in Singapore Jawed Ashraf said.

He claimed that these disciplines show a higher scope and a high number of employment opportunities. Singapore is a leader in aviation services including maintenance, repair, overhaul services as well as skill development across various sectors, Ashraf said.

“Skills development is one of the new areas that have gained prominence in the bilateral engagement with many countries, but especially with Singapore, not only at central but also at the state level,” he added.

There are many other collaborations that have taken place which include setting up the first Indian Institute of Skills in Mumbai in collaboration with Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education Services (ITEES); training programmes for state government officials in public administration and governance; urban planning, logistics and infrastructure development in collaboration with many Singapore-based institutions, including Institute of Technical Education, Singapore Cooperation Enterprise and Civil Service College.

He also informed that Singapore has established three internationally affiliated Skill Centers in India namely in New Delhi, Udaipur, and Guwahati.  The Center in New Delhi called World Class Skill Centre (WCSC) witnessed hundreds of students admitted, studying in the fields of Hospitality and Retail Sectors with a 100 percent employment rate.

Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, and Odisha are also working out modalities with ITEES and Polytechnics in Singapore to develop skill centers.

“The close ties between India and Singapore have a history rooted in strong commercial, cultural and people-to-people links, reinforced by convergent strategic interests,” Ashraf said.

“The initiatives in skill development taken during Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s visit in 2018 are now showing results,” Ashraf added referring to Strategic Partnership in November 2015.

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