To push ambitious skill development schemes of the government, the National Skill Development Corporation,(NSDC), main implementing arm of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is focussing more and more on youth mobilsation and awareness campaigns. Employment creation for rural youth is a major challenge and the Corporation has chalked out special campaigns for them.
“NSDC has been working closely with Ministry of Rural Development through Sector Skill Councils, for standardization of training programs and curriculums based on industry defined National Occupational Standards,” Dilip Chenoy, Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) told RM.
“Many of the NSDC training providers are also involved in the implementation of these programs at the grass root level, along with other government approved training providers,” he added.
“Apart from this, NSDC training partners are currently operating in 450 districts across the country with a strong presence in the rural India. The ‘Hunar Hai Toh Kadar Hai’ project under the aegis of NSDC is also focussing on youth mobilization and creating awareness regarding various vocational training programs across the country, through initiatives such as ‘Skillathon’ (Cycle Rally), Hunar Express (Mobile vans), Hunar Shivir (Awareness Camps) among others,” Chenoy said.
Government of India has launched its flagship Skill India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the Skill India logo and launched four landmark initiatives of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship: National Skill Development Mission, National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) scheme and the Skill Loan scheme. The NSDC has been entrusted with task to implement major schemes. The Corporation is a one of its kind, Public Private Partnership in India. It aims to skill over 50 crore youth by 2022 by catalyzing creation of large, quality, for-profit vocational institutions.
Under its partnership scheme, Public Sector Undertakings(PSUs) have been roped in for skilling youth across the country with focus on rural areas. Recently big PSUs such as NTPC, Coal India, SAIL, Powergrid and Rural Electrification have signed MoUs with NSDC to train over 3.11 lakh youth. NTPC, Powergrid and REC have committed over Rs 50 crore for skilling program based on skill gap analysis. Contribution of Coal India is yet to be finalised and it is expected that it’s share along with proposed participation by other PSUs such as SAIL would take total contribution through MoUs mode upto Rs 100 crore .
“The MOUs focus on training people in the areas jointly decided by the funding entity and NSDC, based on sector-wise and district level skill gap analysis,” said Chenoy.
The NSDC has formulated about 1,000 training programmes based on skill gap analysis. The training courses are spread over 31 sectors including automobile, capital goods, electronics and IT hardware, handloom and handicrafts, jems and jewellery, healthcare and building construction.There are over 20 ministries/departments engaged in skill development activities through various schemes and programmes to cater to the demand of industry and service sectors across the country.