Thursday, July 23, 2015

Launch of skill mission

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched the National Skill Development Mission in Delhi, where he said if the IITs earned a name globally in the previous century, the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) should achieve international recognition for producing quality skilled manpower in the 21st century. 

At the launch, he introduced the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), a skill loan scheme and the national policy for skill development and entrepreneurship, 2015, as well. 

PMKVY is meant to incentivise skill training by providing financial rewards to candidates who successfully complete approved skill training programmes. It is expected to skill about 24 lakh youth around the country over the next year. Young people without formal certification, such as workers in the unorganised sector, can have their skills recognised for the first time. 'Recognition of Prior Learning' (RPL) would allow 10 lakh young people to be assessed and certified for existing skills. 

Under the loan scheme, amounts ranging from Rs 5,0001.5 lakh would be provided to 34 lakh youth who wish to attend skill development programmes over the next five years. The scheme was rolled out with sanction letters being handed out by the PM to aspiring trainees. 

The PM awarded skill cards and skill certificates to trainees who had completed training during the pilot phase of PMKVY, started in May 2015.Every skill card and skill certifi cate carries a quick response code (QR Code) which can be read through a QR reader on mobile devices. 

Experts and industry representatives appreciated the measures, adding that much depends on implementation. Kumar Kandaswami, senior director, Deloitte in India, said, "While these intentions are noble, the key will be execution. It is important to define and sustain a level of quality that is sought by the end-users. It is hoped that the quality and integrity of the initiative are not sacrificed for meeting number targets. Faulty execution would potentially create a crop of youngsters who are now aspirational but not good enough for what they are trained for."

Launch of skill mission

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