New Delhi, India: As the Indian mining industry poised to grow with a rate of five per cent of the GDP over the next few years, there is a need to bridge the demand-supply gap of skilled workers to capitalise the growth of this industry, according to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). ”Also courses related to areas such as Geoinformatics, Climate change, Advanced course in Remote sensing are required to cater to the growing need of the industry,” the CII study observed.
In addition, the study on mapping of human resources and skills for the mining industry in India by CII, observed that there will be a demand supply gap of about 1,500 and 2,200 during the period 2009-2017 and 2009-2025 respectively.
The study stated that India produces as many as 86 minerals, which include 4 fuels, 10 metallic, 46 non-metallic, 3 atomic and 23 minor minerals (including building and other materials). ”The mineral production (excluding petroleum and natural gas) has increased from INR 53,713 crore in 2004-05 to INR 86,780 crore in 2008-09 at a CAGR of 12.7 per cent,” it observed.
Source: Central Chronicle