Skill India is an initiative of the Government of India, launched to empower the country's youth with skill sets, making them more employable and more productive in their work environment. The National Skill Mission is chaired by the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi himself.
India is a country with 65% of its youth in the working-age group. If ever there is a way to reap this demographic advantage, it has to be through skill development of the youth to add not only to their personal growth but also to the country's economic growth. Skill India offers courses across 40 sectors in the country aligned to the standards recognized by industry and the government under the National Skill Qualification Framework. The courses help individuals focus on the practical delivery of work while enhancing their technical expertise, thereby making them job-ready from day one, saving company's resources and time, as they don't have to invest in training them for their job profile.
The Skill Mission launched by the Hon'ble Prime Minister on 15th July 2015, has gathered tremendous steam under the guidance of Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, and Shri Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. More than one crore youth join the Skill India mission annually.
For the first time since India's independence, a Ministry for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has been constituted to enhance the employability of youth through skill development. India's skill ecosystem is seeing some significant reforms and policy interventions that are reinvigorating and re-energizing the country's workforce today, preparing youth for job and growth opportunities in the international market. The Hon'ble Prime Minister's flagship scheme, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) alone, has to date, seen close to 92 lakhs people get skilled and prepared for a new prosperous India. More than 720 Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKKs) has been established to support the country's skill development infrastructure. These are State of the art centers of skilling with the latest pedagogy and use of technology.
MSDE also recognizes and certifies skills acquired through informal means through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program under PMKVY, bringing about a significant shift from the unorganized sector to an organized economy. So far, more than 50 lakh people have been certified and formally recognized under these programs.
Skill India harbors responsibility for ensuring the implementation of common norms across all skill development programs in the country to be standardized and aligned to one object. The ITI ecosystem has also been brought under Skill India for garnering better results in vocational education and training.
Mr. Manas Trivedi
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