The workshop on Integrated Skill Development Scheme was held by the Ministry of Textiles on 27th August, 2015, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, with the active collaboration of industry partners and other institutions implementing the scheme.
The Workshop was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Textiles (I/C), Santosh Kumar Gangwar. The highlight of the inaugural session was the experience sharing by ISDS beneficiaries, all from very humble backgrounds, which demonstrated the transformative potential of the programme. The Textiles Minister said in his keynote address that the example of these girls can be a powerful motivating force for many.
Thanking the industry partners, the Minister exhorted them to look upon skilling as a responsibility we all have to fulfill.
Sanjay Kumar Panda, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles opened the inaugural address by thanking ‘the young sisters’; “what they said is our certificate”, the Secretary said. He said that the self-confidence these ISDS beneficiaries have acquired is their biggest strength. He said that the scheme is powerful in connecting training agencies on the one hand with beneficiaries in villages on the other. The Secretary then outlined the approach the Government has been taking for skill development in both the organized and unorganized sectors.
On the occasion, the Textiles Minister gave away awards to best-performing implementing agencies. He also released two booklets on ISDS. The facility of online certificate generation was also launched by Secretary, Textiles, Dr. Sanjay Kumar Panda. This innovative facility provides for easy, fast and seamless generation of certificates, promising to be a boon to both trainees as well as training agencies.