SKILL INDIA Campaign


Ajit Kumar AJIT KUMARWISDOM IAS, New Delhi.

On the occasion of the first ever World Youth Skills Day on 15th July 2015, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) launched the SKILL INDIA Campaign. The National Mission will converge, coordinate, implement and monitor skilling activities across India. It will also be a vehicle to achieve the objectives of the National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015, which will provide policy direction and guidance to all stakeholders in the skill development and entrepreneurship ecosystem. The Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), the Ministry’s flagship, demand-driven, reward-based skill training scheme will incentivise skill training, by providing financial rewards to candidates who successfuly complete approved skill training programmes.
For the first time, the skills of young people who lack formal certification, such as workers in India’s vast unorganised sector, will be recognised through an initiative known as ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL), who will have a chance to be assessed and certified for the skills that they already possess. The launch of the Skill India Campaign is an important milestone towards achieving the objective of skilling with Speed, Scale and Standards accross the country. This event would bring together key stakeholders including Central Ministries/Departments, State Governments, leading Industry Bodies, and trainees. Partnerships with all these these stakeholders is vital to ensure that Skill India, is a success.

MSDE has initiated a range of cross-sectoral partnerships, across Ministries and Departments to scale up skill training efforts. Till date Eight cross-sectoral, overarching MoUs have been signed between MSDE and other key Ministries.
These MoUs seek to: - Leverage existing government infrastructure to deliver skill training programmes - Mobilize CSR funds of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) to support skilling - Upgrade equipment of ITIs and NSDC/SSC affiliated training providers - Promote and scale up apprenticeship training in PSUs - Incentivize hiring of NSQF certified personnel - Promote adoption of ITIs by PSUs, including provision of technical and resource support - Introduce vocational courses in schools run by Ministries/PSUs - Establish ‘Centres of Excellence’ for high quality skill training - Align training programmes to NSQF and mobilize workforce for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) - Scale up skill training programmes, for Persons with Disabilities A ‘Skill Loan’ initiative will be launched at the event, where loans from Rs 5,000-1.5 lakhs will be available to more than 34 lakh youth of India, who seek to attend skill development programmes, over the next five years. Financial constraints will no longer be a hindrance to accessing skill training programmes.

Friday, 04th Dec 2015, 05:49:21 AM

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