The Centre is all set to come out with an effective skill development policy soon and aims to make this an universal mission, Sarve Shiksha Abhiyan. The policy framework and roadmap for Sarv Kaushal Abhiyaan is expected to be ready soon as the recent meeting of State Ministers, at New Delhi has drawn broader counters of the mission.
The Ministry of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship ( MSDE) organised a National Workshop of State Ministers and other stake holders on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Policy to deliberate on the policy framework. The Workshop had more than 450 participants from central and state governments including the ministers and principal secretaries, industry, sector skill councils, training providers and other key stakeholders in skill ecosystem.
Minister of State for Skill Development Rajiv Pratap Rudy urged States to give their inputs and suggestions on the Draft National Skill Development and Entrepreneurship policy of 2015 already circulated to states. He said the 2015 policy to supersede the policy of 2009.
Rudy also said that the combined vision of MSDEand the states is aimed at achieving the overarching objective of “Kushal Bharat, Sashakt Bharat”.
He emphasized on the need for creating a common mission like “Sarva Kaushal Abhiyaan” on the lines of “Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan”.
The Minister also announced the formation of a Working Group comprising of principal stakeholders chaired by Secretary, MSDE. The group has been constituted the objective of establishing a transparent policy and scaling up capacity of ITIs.
Sunil Arora, Secretary, MSDE said, “We will drive the quantity and quality of skills training across existing educational institutions, our ITIs and through a new set of dedicated institutions representing best-in-class vocational education. Where we are leveraging infrastructure under the purview of other Ministries such as Employment & Labour and Human Resource Development, we will play a supporting role.”
Ramadorai, Chairman, National Skill Development Authority (NSDA) & National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) said, “The private sector can help improve the infrastructure of the existing vocational training institutes, bring contemporary course curricula to these centres and train the trainers program. It is important that each corporate or agency is aligned to a common Ministry to reap the benefits of the multiplier and learn from each other’s success across different states.”
State Ministers from Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, HP, Punjab, Orissa, Goa and Maharashtra made presentations on key initiatives in their states and also gave inputs on enhancing the centre-state partnership for skill development across the country.