“The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) proposed 12 basic and 14 extended indicators for monitoring and measuring global skill gaps. These indicators have been agreed to by the G20 countries,” he said in a statement.
“Going forward, ILO and OECD would be responsible for implementing the intervention to monitor and measure global skill gaps in G20 countries based on the agreed indicators,” he added.
According to Pradhan, the G20 leaders’ have pledged to establish well-managed, regular and skills-based migration pathways that mutually benefit origin and destination countries.
“To support these efforts, they focused on identifying global skill gaps and prioritizing policies aimed at addressing them, which involved strengthening national statistical data and expanding the International Labor Organization (ILO) and OECD skills for jobs databases to encompass G20 nations,” he said.
Highlighting the commitment of G20 leaders on skilling, Pradhan said key focus areas is the sanitization of transnational standards with member countries by creating an International Reference Classification of occupations based on skill and qualification requirements. “This will lead to better cross-country comparability and mutual recognition of qualifications,” he added. Speaking about educational priorities under G20, Pradhan said that the Leaders have renewed the global resolve to work for an equitable and sustainable future through education and has provided a roadmap for the same.
“The emphasis has been laid on investment in supporting human capital development for transforming our education systems, role of schools in enhancing enrollments and retention of students and ensuring all learners acquire foundational skills by 2030, among others,” he said.
According to Pradhan, the Leaders’ Declaration has also recognized the importance of strengthening collaborations in research and innovation among higher education institutions through joint academic and research initiatives like joint or dual, twinning degree programmes and enhanced mobility of students and faculty.
“We are exploring university level collaborations with other countries like Australia, UAE, Taiwan, UK and others in many critical areas,” he said, adding that research collaborations are being actively done with several countries.