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[Updated at 10:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 to add details, comments from the Indian ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste]
Jakarta. Indonesia runs the risk of a shortage in human resources and technology due to the misalignment between skills developed in the education system and skills needed by the industry, according to a business consultant.
“The graduates are not ready to enter the industry. There is a gap between the knowledge that they acquire from their education and the skills industry requires,” Amol Titus, president director of Indonesia WISE, a business consultancy firm, said on Monday.
He was speaking in commemoration of 50 years of Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and the launch of the Alumni Association of India-Indonesia in Jakarta.
Amol said Indonesia’s challenges include reducing dependence on imports and strengthening the agricultural and local services industries.
In order to meet these challenges, he said, Indonesia needs effective and low-cost technology, the kind that is being developed by India for its Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter and Delhi Metro mass transportation system.
Indian Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste Gurjit Singh said his country would like to strengthen cooperation in sharing knowledge between Indonesia and India.
India provides 105 scholarships per year for Indonesians, having produced 1,500 alumni so far.
Singh said the Indian government was keen to work with Indonesia’s government in the field of education, skills development and capacity building programs.
He said the Indian government was already offering 105 slots to Indonesian nationals for training under ITEC program, which is fully funded. Apart from this, India also offers 20 scholarships to Indonesians for university education.
Singh emphasized that both countries have large, young populations and these human resource assets should be properly utilized for socioeconomic development in the two respective countries through the sharing of experience and expertise.
The ambassador also highlighted the assistance provided by India in setting up two vocational training centers in Jakarta and Banda Aceh. He reiterated India’s commitment to provide assistance in setting up such centers in Papua.
Coordinating Minister of Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani, who attended the celebration, thanked the Indian government for its flagship training program for skill development and the capacity building of its people.
She agreed that both India and Indonesia have sizable and young populations and that by developing their human skills, both countries can benefit from this demographic dividend.
Puan and Singh then jointly launched the edition of a book titled “Meningkatkan Kerjasama Pembangunan” (Enhancing Development Cooperation), a publication brought out by the Indian Embassy to mark ITEC’s Golden Jubilee.
This book in Bahasa Indonesia provides useful information and guidance to Indonesians on ITEC training programs.
Singh also launched the India-Indonesia Alumni Association.
“This association will give opportunities for greater interaction and cooperation between the alumni of both countries and for their greater participation in various outreach activities,” he said.