To overcome the unemployment issue in the country, skills training needs to be brought back to the schools, union Minister for Skill Development Rajiv Pratap Rudy said here on Friday.
At a conference of Women in Aviation (WIA), the minister said: "The education system in India has had bias towards the skills. Education and training of skills is the key to the employment. "
Asking more youths to opt for careers in the civil aviation sector, he said: "We need to bring more and more youths, especially girls, into this sector. Not only air hostesses or pilots, but there is a scope of jobs in the technical area as well. "
Rudy, who himself hold a commercial pilot's flying licence, said, "Sky is the limit for those who opt for careers in aviation. It is a skill and remains with you forever like mine".
Asked about the societal pressures women face to join aviation, Rudy said the country has changed.
"India is now a country where families offer support to women in any sector where duties are difficult. Aviation is a sector where women participation is always needed, " he added.
The minister also said there would be a "revolution" in the skill development in next two years.
Radha Bhatia, the chairperson of the WIA, while inaugurating the conference, said: "We need to empower women in every sector. Aviation is not only a glorious field but it requires a lot of skill as well. "
"With Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make In India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative, we will overcome all shackles, " she added.