New Delhi, June 6: India has a large youth force who often suffers from the problem of unemployment. Many of them have the potential to be a good entrepreneur. But without proper aimed direction any effort goes vein. To develop proper skill with proper notion among youth, NDA government constituted a new ministry, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in 2014. After two and a half year Rajiv Pratap Rudy, the Minister of State Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) today held a press conference to discuss the report card of 2.5 years activity.
Rajiv Pratap Rudy released a booklet, “Skills empowering new India” on key initiatives of the Ministry to skill India. The parallel system of skill development, vocational training has been started under MNSD. It trained more than 17 crores in two years. Recognition of power learning (RPL) has been launched. There are so many professionals who don’t get proper recognition and training for their skills like Gardener, cooking professionals, carpenters, and food vendors. RPL aims to train them and recognize their work with certificates.
ITIs are the most important center for vocational training in India. The number of ITI s is increased by 24% and the number of seats in ITI by 44%. With quantity, quality and standard of Education are also important. To maintain quality training in ITI, the ministry is grading the institutions. Only good ITI will be allowed to continue training.
The ministry has also concentrated on Industry linkage. Engagement with Industry partners like 6Tata, TCS, Reliance Communication, Bharti Airtel, JSW Steel has been established. 480 PMKK will be set up 162 already to skill youths for employability.
In the case of vocational training, there is a scarcity of trainers. To fill the gap, the ministry is engaging retired officials from Army who have various technical and non-technical skills. Currently, 26000 trainers are employed there. Under Pradhan Mantri Kushal Vikash Yojana, different centers will be set up. Engagement with States will be enhanced to fulfill the targets. More than 5.9 lakh apprentices have been engaged, under National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS).