Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
We have suggested that during his training, the future official should be supported by his own industrial work. But his value in many cases could be greatly enhanced by a wider training, with freedom for a period from other work. This would involve me provision of funds for the support of such men during part of their training. In the ease of State servants—and particularly on the railways—periods of leave and other assistance could be given. As a further possibility we suggest the grant of studentships at Universities or colleges which are ready to co-operate. The higher education of the country is largely dependent on State funds, and we feel that the share of the industry of the country in the results is disproportionately small. The class whose education we desire to advance has claims which are in no way weaker than those of political lawyers or Government officials to participate in the provision which the State makes for education. Finally the linking of the movement with the international trade union movement provides the opportunity for and will no doubt evoke its assistance in the building and consolidation of Indian trade unionism. Some of the labour delegates and advisers sent to International Labour Conferences at, Geneva by extending their stay in Europe, have been able to secure some training in Western trade union methods. If, as we hope, the labour side of the delegation to these conferences is increasingly composed of actual workers and ex-workers, they can be assisted at a comparatively small cost to qualify themselves more fully for trade union work.