December 2017 \ Cover Story \ COVER STORY—UNION MINISTER INTERVIEW
“Skill development a crucial policy priority for India”

Mr Dharmendra Pradhan took charge of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in early September 2017, soon after he was elevated as Cabinet Minister by Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi...

Please tell us about the progress made in the National Skill Development Mission…

Making growth more inclusive, under the National Skill Development Mission, Skill India was launched with an aim to give all Indians an opportunity to aspire and achieve a better future for themselves. A combination of demographic, economic and social factors makes skill development a crucial policy priority for India. With more than 65% of the people being in the working age group, the best time to reap this demographic dividend is now.

One of the steps that our Government took in shaping the skills landscape was the creation of a separate Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship which has invested heavily in restructuring and re-energising the skill ecosystem in the country. It has made some noteworthy efforts in ensuring coordination and convergence across all initiatives that were active in the skill ecosystem with scale, speed and standards across the country. We have been able to skill approximately 2.50 crore youth since the inception of our Ministry under our own programmes and schemes.

To bridge this demand supply gap between skilled workforce and industry requirement we have done multiple international collaborations with other countries to map ourselves to transnational standards those which are globally accepted, have done partnerships with the other Central Ministries, State Governments, industries and corporate houses. The mission has also collaborated with various other Government schemes such as Namami Gange (River Rejuvenation), Project Swarna (Railway upgradation), Project Saubhagya (Electrification), Project Yuva (Youth Empowerment), etc. with an aim to provide skilled workforce to implement these initiatives effectively. Currently, 1911 Qualification Packs have been developed, vetted more than 20,000+ companies and aligned to National Skill Qualification Framework in addition to schemes run by 13 Government of India Ministries.




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