Tata Trusts committed to skill development, says Ratan Tata

 Nevin John        Last Updated: October 17, 2016  | 19:29 IST
Top industrialist Ratan Tata
Top industrialist Ratan Tata

Tata Trusts, which own two-third of the stock holding of Tata Sons, are committed to create skilled manpower in the country, in addition to its healthcare commitments, said Ratan Tata, former chairman of Tata Group. Tata is chairman of Tata Trusts - one of India's oldest and non-sectarian philanthropic organisations. "Trusts are committed to create prosperity among people and do it in a manner that makes a difference," he added.

Tata was attending the partnership announcement of Tata Trusts and GE Healthcare for training 10,000 youth across various technical areas over a three-year period.

"The partnership brings together two enterprises that have many common values and goals…. The partnership is for skilling young people in healthcare to save lives, which is something different. It is not just to make money or to create headlines…" Tata added. Over the next five years, Tata Trusts will look to train 500,000 youth and promote 5,000 micro and small enterprises.

The partnership will focus on bridging the skills gap in healthcare technical or operating staff. GE Healthcare Education Institute (GE HCI) will design, develop and execute these courses through a mix of both classroom training and interactive training exercises. The courses will help people graduate as X-ray, Radiography, Medical equipment, Anesthesia, Operation Theatre and Cardiac Care technicians, as well as Diabetic Education counsellors. The candidates will also undergo continuous assessment and internships during the course of this program. The successful candidates, upon clearing the Healthcare Sector Skills Council (HSSC) exam shall be granted a certification from HSSC.

In the next three years, 10,000 candidates will receive loan scholarships from Tata Trusts upon qualifying for the course. GE will also fund certain candidates on the basis of their eligibility. It is estimated that the current requirement for allied healthcare professionals (AHP) in India is nearly 6.5 million as against a supply of less than 300,000. As per National Skill Development Corporation, by 2018 the healthcare technician demand-supply gap in India will be 445,000 (84% shortfall).

Speaking on the occasion, R. Venkataramanan, Managing Trustee, Tata Trusts said, "Tata Trusts aim to drive improvement in healthcare delivery by enabling availability of skilled and motivated healthcare personnel." Livelihoods, natural resource management, data-driven governance, sports, education, health and nutrition, civil society strengthening, media, arts, crafts and culture, relief and rehabilitation and institutions are the key areas of activities for Tata Trusts-mainly Sir Dorabji Tata Trust & allied trusts and Sir Ratan Tata Trust and allied trusts.

Globally, GE Healthcare has committed $1 billion in healthcare education over the next four years to train more than 2 million professionals in the healthcare technology space. GE provides accredited skill building courses for 12th standard pass students and skill enhancement programmes for existing healthcare professionals. Over 5500 people have been trained till date. The institute today has 10 centres across India and delivers 39 different courses through six skilling partners.

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