National Skill Development Mission is among top of Modi Government's priority list. File Picture: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu at an event to lay the foundation stone for the Regional Vocational Training Institute, in Hyderabad on September 16, 2017.  The Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, the Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana,  Mohammad Mahmood Ali, the Minister of Home, Labour and Employment, Government of Telangana,  Naini Narsimha Reddy and other dignitaries are also seen.
National Skill Development Mission is among top of Modi Government's priority list. File Picture: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu at an event to lay the foundation stone for the Regional Vocational Training Institute, in Hyderabad on September 16, 2017. The Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, the Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana, Mohammad Mahmood Ali, the Minister of Home, Labour and Employment, Government of Telangana, Naini Narsimha Reddy and other dignitaries are also seen.

Modi Government approves World Bank backed SANKALP & STRIVE Schemes to boost Skill India Mission

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved two new World Bank supported schemes of Rs. 6,655 croreSkills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) and Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE). SANKALP is Rs 4,455 crore Centrally sponsored scheme including Rs. 3,300 crore loan support from World Bank whereas STRIVE is a Rs. 2,200 crore – central sector scheme, with half of the scheme outlay as World bank loan assistance. SANKALP and STRIVE are outcome focused schemes marking shift in government’s implementation strategy in vocational education and training from inputs to results.

There has been a long felt need for a national architecture for promoting convergence, ensuring effective governance and regulation of skill training and catalysing industry efforts in vocational training space. The two schemes shall address this need by setting up national bodies for accreditation & certification which shall regulate accreditation and certification in both long and short term Vocational Education and Training (VET). The architecture shall help, for the first time in the history of vocational education in India, to converge the efforts of various central, state and private sector institutions thereby avoiding duplication of activities and bringing about uniformity in vocational training thus, creating better impact.

The schemes aim to develop a robust mechanism for delivering quality skill development training by strengthening institutions such as State Skill Development Missions (SSDMs), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Sector Skill Councils (SSCs), ITIs and National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) etc. The schemes shall support universalisation of National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) including National Quality Assurance Framework (NQAF) across the skill development schemes of central and state governments thus ensuring standardisation in skill delivery, content and training output.

Intent shows importance of National Skill Development Mission to Modi Governments. File Picture: The Union Ministers, Uma Bharti, J.P. Nadda, Smriti Irani and Rajiv Pratap Rudy at the 2nd Anniversary Celebrations of the Skill Indian Mission, on the occasion of the World Youth Skill Day, in New Delhi on July 15, 2017.

Intent shows importance of National Skill Development Mission to Modi Governments. File Picture: The Union Ministers, Uma Bharti, J.P. Nadda, Smriti Irani and Rajiv Pratap Rudy at the 2nd Anniversary Celebrations of the Skill Indian Mission, on the occasion of the World Youth Skill Day, in New Delhi on July 15, 2017.

The schemes shall provide the required impetus to the National Skill Development Mission, 2015 and its various sub missions. The schemes are aligned to flagship Government of India programs such as Make in India and Swachhta Abhiyan and aim at developing globally competitive workforce for domestic and overseas requirements. To this end, over 700 industry led institutions are being set up for providing job oriented skill training to lakhs of aspirants. An innovative challenge fund model has been employed to select and support proposals to set up such institutions in identified sectors and geographies. 66+ India International stalling institutions are being promoted to focus upon skill training as per global standards for overseas placements. Over 30,000 aspirants shall be trained in IISCs and get certificates from International Awarding Bodies (lABs). Upgrading 500 ITIs, as model ITIs across India and improving their industry connect, is also envisaged by ushering in reforms such as on-line examination, centralised admission, improving efficiency and transparency in the system.

The schemes will develop a skilling ecosystem that will support the country’s rise in the Ease of Doing Business index by steady supply of skilled workforce to the industry. The schemes will also work towards increasing the aspirational value of skill development programs by increasing the marketability of skills, through better industry connect and quality assurance.

News Update|Cabinet approves India and Japan MoC on the “Technical Intern Training Program (TITP)”

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the signing of “Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC)” between India and Japan on the “Technical Intern Training Program (TITP)”.  This MoC is expected to be signed during the forthcoming visit of Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship during October, 16-18, 2017 at Tokyo. The Technical Intern Training Program (TITP) is an ambitious program to send Indian technical interns to Japan for on the job training for a period of three to five years. It is expected that the MoC will pave the way for bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the area of skill development.

News Update | Cabinet approves MoU between India and Belarus for Cooperation in the field of Vocational Education and Training

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for a Memorandum of Understanding between India and Belarus for cooperation in the field of Vocational Education and Training (VET).  The MoU was signed on 12th September, 2017 during the State visit of Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus to India, the first time MoU for cooperation in area of vocational education, training and skill development has been signed with Eurasian country. The MoU would bring in Belarus experience and expertise for overall improvement in skill eco system of the country. Implementation of proposal includes innovation and improvement in the existing vocational education and skill development through Research and Development in the field.

News Update | Dharmendra Pradhan announces reward for winners at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 

In a move to motivate the competitors representing India at the world stage, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan extended his best wishes to the vibrant team from India which will represent the country at the WorldSkills International Abu Dhabi 2017, scheduled from 14thto 19th October 2017. The candidates will be representing India at the distinguished global platform while participating in 26 categories, each having a team of competitor, expert and required interpreter. This year around 1200 competitors from 70+ countries will compete across 50 skills at.

“This is the 6th time that India is participating in WorldSkills and I am confident that this time India will make a mark across all categories. It is our endeavour to make skills aspirational and give the youth of our country the exposure to compete across global and national platforms, where they can prove their mettle. It is a matter of great pride that young talents from different corners of the Country are representing India at the WorldSkills 2017 in Abu Dhabi. These skill champions will compete against the best of their peers from around the world. I wish the team all the best for success in the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017,” said Pradhan.

News Update | 13 December 2017| World Banks extends $ 250 Million for  SANKALP Project

A Financing Agreement for IBRD loan of USD 250 million (equivalent) for the “Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) Project” was signed on 13 December 2017 with the World Bank. The Financing Agreement was signed in New Delhi by Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Sameer Kumar Khare on behalf of Government of India and Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank.
The Objective of the project is to enhance institutional mechanisms for skills development and increase access to quality and market-relevant training for the work force. The Key result areas for the project include Institutional Strengthening at the National and State Levels for Planning, Delivering, and Monitoring High-Quality Market-Relevant Training; Improved Quality and Market Relevance of Skills Development Programs; Improved access to and completion of skills training for female trainees and other disadvantaged groups; and Expanding skills training through private-public partnerships (PPPs).  The closing date for the project is 31st March, 2023. 

 

 

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