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India-Germany Cooperation on Skill Agenda
Aug 29, 2016

India and Germany are deepening their collaboration in the area of skill development. An implementation agreement was recently signed between the Ministry of Skill Development is focused on adapting elements of the German dual system in select industrial clusters in India.

  • Starting August 2016 this new project will run for three years with a budget of Euro 3,000,000 (Rs. 22.6 Crores) made available by the German Government and aims to foster conditions which will help create and improve cooperative workplace-based vocational training in India’s industrial clusters.
  • The project will be implemented in three selected clusters, which include the Automobile cluster in Maharashtra and Electronics cluster in Bengaluru.
  • German technical assistance will be used to enhance industry institute partnerships between Indian and German organizations, build capacity of local training institutions and foster industry linkages which will help adapt elements of the German dual system, into the Indian context.
  • This new project will also play an important role in supporting MSDE’s existing programmes to scale up apprenticeship training.

The project will be implemented under the umbrella of the ‘Joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of Skill Development and Vocational Education and Training (VET)’, signed during the Indo-German intergovernmental consultations on 5th October 2015 in New Delhi.

The Joint Working Group, under the MoU held its first meeting on 26 July 2016, in New Delhi. At the meeting, the two countries agreed to deepen their collaboration in a number of specific areas including: curriculum development, research and sharing of best practices, training of trainers, and establishing cooperative workplace based skill training programmes in three industrial clusters.

India recognizes the fact that Germany’s dual system is widely acclaimed as one of the best in the world and noted for its close linkages between industry and training institutions. This provides a competitive edge to German industry and businesses.

Germany has been one of countries which is on top of the manufacturing and innovation pyramid and continues to develop most high end products. It has some of the best working models in sustainable workforce development which is the reason for the country’s economic progress. This partnership with Germany will help strengthen India’s skill development initiatives. Germany is known for its excellent vocational education system that relies on the strong participation and engagement of the private sector.


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