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India and Japan expand bilateral cooperation in skill development

India and Japan have taken some giant strides in skill transfer exchange

Indian workers from 14 sectors have been identified for enhanced job opportunities for skilled Indian workers in Japan after the Indian government signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on a basic framework for partnership for proper operation of the system pertaining to 'specified skilled worker' recently.

Under this MoC, skilled Indian workers from nursing care, building cleaning, material processing industry, industrial machinery manufacturing industry, electric and electronic information related industry, construction, shipbuilding and ship-related industry, automobile maintenance, aviation, lodging, agriculture, fisheries, food and beverages manufacturing industry and food service industry will be shortlisted for job opportunities in Japan.

Submitting a reply in Rajya Sabha today, Raj Kumar Singh, the Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said that the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan had also signed a MoC for a period of 10 years on the 'Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme' in November 2016. Till date, the Japanese industry based in India has launched 13 JIMs (Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing) and five JECs (Japanese Endowed Course) under this programme.

Another MoC signed in October 2017 between MSDE and Japan's Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare had invited candidates from India to Japan under the Technical Intern Training Program (TITP). The MoC was signed with the objective to significantly expand the bilateral cooperation between India and Japan in the field of skill development. It aims to transform India’s skill ecosystem by sending and accepting technical interns from India to Japan, thereby enabling Indian industries to imbibe the best practices of Japanese industries. So far under the TITP, India has sent 220 candidates to Japan under various sectors such as agriculture, construction, manufacturing, and healthcare.