Developing appropriate skills for the masses in a timely and cost effective manner is not a task but a mission. It is very difficult to achieve this task for a country like India that has massive population and widespread diversity. Our academic institutions have failed to provide an impetus to the field of skills development as most of them provide academic discourses and not skills development oriented courses. The position has started changing but at the present speed it would still take a decade before our universities and schools would be accustomed to the skills oriented courses and education. The present challenge before Indian government is to ensure and promote skills development and entrepreneurship activities in India.
As on date the role and contribution of private individuals, firms and companies in the education and skills development field is very limited. Even public private partnership (PPP) initiatives are very limited in the skills development field of India. We at Perry4Law Organisation and Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) believe that skill development is a shared social responsibility that our private sector has failed to fulfill so far. Perry4Law Organisation and PTLB have themselves started few online techno legal skills development trainings and courses and they are in the advanced stage of being making public.
We are managing few research and development centres in the fields of cyber security (please see here 1 and here 2), cyber forensics (please see here 1 and here 2), e-discovery, cyber crimes investigation, civil liberties protection in cyberspace, etc. These and many more techno legal research and development initiatives of Perry4Law organisation and PTLB have been providing unique and qualitative knowledge, discussion, research papers and articles from time to time.
However, during this cause, we also realised that there is a special role and need of mentoring and skills development guidance in techno legal field that is almost absent in India and at global level. In this direction, we launched few initiatives to cater online skills development and trainings requirements at national and international levels.
For instance, the e-learning platform of PTLB provides many unique and qualitative techno legal courses in the fields of cyber law, cyber security, cyber forensics, e-discovery, digital evidencing, civil liberties protection in cyberspace, e-commerce, e-governance, etc. Similarly, the blog on virtual legal education campus of PTLB is the exclusive techno legal initiative of its type in India. This is a platform that is catering to the needs of contemporary legal fields like cyber law and cyber forensics.
We have also launched few government related projects as well that can help in strengthening of skills in the legal and judicial fields. For instance, Perry4law Organisation and PTLB are managing the exclusive techno legal e-courts consultancy and training centre of India that has been helping in successful implementation of e-courts in India. The e-courts centre has suggested many recommendations and suggestions in this regard from time to time. Some of our suggestions in this regard pertain to reasons for failure of e-courts in India, access to justice for marginalised people in India, use of software for judicial purposes, etc.
Similarly, Perry4law Organisation and PTLB are also been pioneer in the field of online dispute resolution (ODR) in India and are managing the exclusive Techno Legal Centre Of Excellence For Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) In India (TLCEODRI). The aim of TLCEODRI is to advocate, strengthen and assist in active use of ODR in Indian legal and judicial functions. At the same time TLCEODRI is helping in development of skills in the fields of ODR and courts technologies in India.
There may be other training providers in India as well that may be providing trainings and helping in skills development. We stand on a different footing from those institutions and training providers in at least two aspects. Firstly, we are the exclusive techno legal skills development provider in India and at global level. Secondly, we are ensuring that companies, institutions and individuals across the world have access to our skills development and training courses. This is so because we are proving our trainings and skills development courses though online platforms and e-learning modes.
Right now online learning has not been very popular among training providers and training seekers. Further, the regulatory environment is also not conducive for online skills developers and training providers in India. Despite increased use of information and communication technology (ICT) in India, online skills development and distance learning is still given a secondary place to traditional educational institutions. The accreditation and approval systems are also killing online skills development and e-learning initiatives of India. For online education and skills development initiatives, there should be liberal and soft accreditation and recognitions systems at place in India.
India has still not been able to make a clear choice between skills and degrees. While degrees are important yet we cannot ignore skills altogether. A degree or diploma holder having no skills is of no use. Conversely, an individual lacking a formal degree but possessing requisite skill is much better than a degree holder devoid of any skills.
In my personal opinion, it is high time for Indian Government to encourage online trainings and skills development providers of India. These institutions or individuals must be free from the shackles of regulatory approvals and recognitions as they must be solely judged for their quality and contribution that they possess for making Indian masses skilled and trained.