What does the HRD Ministry Not Do?
The Ministry of Human Resources has two departments; one for School Education and the other for Higher Education. Together these departments govern vast and diverse educational structure of India. Primary education is already in a dismal situation. Higher education needs a revamp to bridge the gap between the educated and the employable. The Ministry is meant to “provide a common platform for those relevant instruments and agencies which were contributing or responsible for the integrated development of citizens of India.” However apart from budgetary allocations, there is no dedicated annual program or a framework for strategic development of human resource employable skills. Asian economies like Singapore and Malaysia have already established programs and guidelines to facilitate strategic development of their respective workforce. Rather than developing a workforce development system to enable Indians compete globally, the ministry has been reduced to a pacifist when it comes to establishing a meritocratic society.