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...

Further, more than 19 lakh candidates were trained through PMKVY 1 while more than 14 lakh students have been benefitted till now in its second leg. Close to 6 lakh people were brought into the organised sector through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme under PMKVY. More than 528 Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKKs) have been allocated across 485 districts of the country which would be model centres for skilling in each district of the country and ensuring ease of access for learning skill courses. Out of these 270 have already been established and are operational while others are underway.

To train our candidates as per the international standards, 13 India International Skill Centres (IISC) have been established till now and we plan to open at least 100 such centres by 2018. We are also focussed on re-energising the already existing ITI ecosystem and have enabled academic equivalence of vocational education to formal education of class 10th and 12th certified CBSE Boards. The graph for women’s training has witnessed an increase.

Learning from great models of skill development of countries like Germany and Switzerland, India is also focusing extensively on Apprentice Training to ensure a hands-on experience to maximum candidates. There have been comprehensive reforms to the National Apprentices Act of 1961 and a National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) was launched on August 19, 2016 to promote industry and youth engagement for Apprenticeship. The objective of the scheme is to provide apprenticeship training to 50 lakh youth by 2020. More than 4.29 lakh candidates and 35,230 establishments have registered under the Act since the launch of NAPS.




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