On 15th July, which has been designated as ‘The World Skills Day’, the Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi launched the ‘Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana’ (PMKVY), the flag-ship scheme for the Government’s ‘Skill India’ campaign. Skill development has received the necessary attention it deserves following the formulation of the National Skill India Mission and the revision of the Skills Policy. The Skills Policy has been revised to address the gap that exists in the labour market between the huge demand for skilled labour and its scanty supply. The industry, across all sectors, is always in need of resources that are well trained to deliver services and are aligned to standardized levels of specialization in a given field. Industry expectations however are often not met by new recruits or the required degree of expertise is absent. It is in this context that the Skill India Mission becomes relevant. The Skill India Mission with the clarity provided by the revised Skills Policy seeks to:
- Create aspiration among youth for skill development
- Initiate training capacity building measures
- Ensure standardization of the quality of training delivered
- Integrate stakeholders involved in the process of training
- Actively engage the industry in skill development – from designing of content to its delivery
- Promote entrepreneurship among skilled youth
- Promote skill development among marginal groups
The success of the Skill India Mission should also determine the progress of the ‘Make in India’ Campaign whose objective is to position India as an international human resource hub that is capable of meeting the worldwide skilled labour needs.
Headed by Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) was created for the first time in the country by the Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi on 27th May 2014 to prioritize vocational training of youth. Skill development/vocational training is being perceived in this new dispensation as a rational, viable, long-term solution to the challenges of poverty and unemployment prevailing in the country. The Ministry works in coordination with several other ministries, to conceive and execute plans to make the youth employable in the domestic/international organized industrial sector. The Ministry of Skill Development And Entrepreneurship is responsible for co-ordination of all skill development efforts across the country, removal of disconnect between demand and supply of skilled manpower, building the vocational and technical training framework, skill up-gradation, building of new skills, and innovative thinking for jobs. The MSDE is working towards achieving the target of skilling/up-skilling 500million individuals by 2022.The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) with its 200+ training partner network (among whom Globsyn Skill Development (P) Limited features significantly) delivers Sector Skill Council (SSC) approved, National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) aligned skills training to men and women across India. It is the mandate of the Skills Ministry to conceive of measures to build and sustain this ecosystem.
NSDC is a first-of-its-kind Public Private Partnership (PPP) in India set up to facilitate the development and upgrading of the skills of the growing Indian workforce through skill training programmes. A large part of the organisation’s efforts are directed at the private sector and towards developing the skills in the unorganised sector in India. NSDC supports skill development efforts, especially in the unorganised sector in India by funding skill training and development programmes. It also engages in advocacy and training programmes, in-depth research to discover skill gaps in the Indian workforce, and developing accreditation norms.
Chaired by Former Vice Chairman of India’s largest IT company – Tata Consultancy Services, Mr. S. Ramadorai, NSDC is a Section 25 company with 49% of its equity held by the Government. The balance 51% stake is owned by industry, with ASSOCHAM, CII, FICCI, and sectoral bodies as the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry, Council for Leather Exports, CREDAI, SIAM and NASSCOM being the private sector shareholders.