EDUCATION FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
Ms. Sowjanya S. Shetty M
Skilled human resource is vital for inclusive growth. Skill development is not an isolated phenomenon. Skill development has to be an integral part of education. Lack of education and lack of skills is a pandemic that we need to overcome in the current scenario. According to UNESCO, women empowerment implies developing self-ingenuity among women for change and ability to learn skills the ability to make decisions of their own. It is not just saying yes or no but having a range of opinions and ability to change others perceptions. It is also having access to resources and involving in the growth process. Education opens the door to lead a life of liberty, but skill development enables liberty meaningful by allowing one to accomplish prosperity. Mainstreaming skills in education both in schools and colleges is the need of the hour. Educational attainment and economic involvement are the key elements in ensuring the empowerment of women. Economic empowerment develops women's capability to impact, transform or form a better nation. Even after seventy years of Independence, India's development is slow due to the lack of women's participation. Women are often invisible in the development scenario. Development process without the participation of women, who form a significant chunk of the society, will be lopsided. Education reduces inequalities, gender biases and encourages women to make a good society and to become the most active part of the economy. Education empowers women to equip with the ability to enable them to explore the world and partake fully in the development process. This paper attempts to study specifically the role of education in skill development and women empowerment in India.
KEYWORDS: Education, Women Empowerment, Skill Development
JEL Classification: I25, I28, J16