About Defence Welfare Call

Retirement is inevitable and cannot be wished away. All serving defence officers, on reaching the twilight years of their service say the last 3 to 5 years - begin to harbour a range of expectations from their parent service, the government as well as non-government agencies/institutions. Every officer expects that he will be assisted by the Directorate General Resettlement, the Employment Exchanges across the country, Placement Agencies and, most importantly, by the information available on the Internet.

The least that a retiring officer expects is a value addition to his pension emoluments which would enable him to combat inflationary trends; a job which promises him dignity and status compatible with his past career and life style and, where possible the job-to-be, is at a place either at or within manageable commuting distance from his selected place of permanent residence.

The ICSI (International Chamber of Service Industry) recognizes that Retired Defence Officers can be a rich Manpower Training Resource for the Service Industry. It proposes that on an experimental basis, ex-servicemen should be inducted as part-time faculty, or be assigned special training programmes in their respective cities to train the unemployed educated youth in the finer points, to be a useful part of the Service Industry.

This can be undertaken at the central or the state level, under the aegis of The Ministry of Human Resources or respective state ministries along with The DGR Ministry of Defence. The Services Sector or what is categorized as the 'Service Industry', is a conglomerate of diverse segments ranging from community, social and personal services, through transport, financial services, information technology, to hospitality and tourism.

The Service Industry in India, is observing phenomenal growth at the rate of 51%. At a conservative estimate, as many as 150,000 new jobs are being created in the Service Industry annually. To suitably fill up this manpower requirement in the Service Industry, the need of the hour is to have skilled and professional trainers. The competitive advantage is not just the manpower, but proficient, qualified and channelized manpower. Economies all over the world have seen that skilled and proficient trainers are equally important for the growth of any economy. India has no scarcity of manpower but lacks skilled trainers. What India needs at this point of time, are proficient trainers to channalize the vast untapped potential of educated unemployed youth. Because of the lacunae in our education system and lack of Academia-Corporate Interface, the youth, despite completing the formal education, needs to be trained on employability skills.

ICSI's Reseach, Academic & Skills Development Partner
ITFT College, Chandigarh