Skill India Portal was conceptualized to provide a collaboration platform to help empower the all stakeholders to freely connect with each other. The overall focus of this initiative is to help provide an engaging ecosystem to cater to skilling needs of citizens by publishing and sharing relevant information. The outcome of this collaboration should ideally lead to inclusive growth especially for those at the bottom of the pyramid (approximately 800 million citizens). The portal attempts to disseminate reliable information and by providing an interface to enquire, explore, and access and engage with various affiliated and accredited training partners, infrastructure providers, understand skill options, opportunities, information on various providers, reliable and credible digital content.
Skill India Portal initiative is mainly targeted at citizens seeking to enhance their existing skills. Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship along with National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) has partnered with CMC to develop this platform which is completely integrated with NSDC’s Skill Development Management System (SDMS).
On 15th july which has been designed as “the world skil 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:
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.
The National Skill Development Corporation, (NSDC) is a one of its kind, Public Private Partnership in India, under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. It aims to promote skill development by catalyzing creation of large, quality, for-profit vocational institutions.
NSDC provides funding to build scalable, for-profit vocational training initiatives. Its mandate is also to enable support systems such as quality assurance, information systems and train the trainer academies either directly or through partnerships. NSDC acts as a catalyst in skill development by providing funding to enterprises, companies and organisations that provide skill training. It will also develop appropriate models to enhance, support and coordinate private sector initiatives. The differentiated focus for the 21 sectors under NSDC’s purview and its understanding of their viability will make every sector attractive to private investment.
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.
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is the flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE). The objective of this Skill Certification Scheme is to enable a large number of Indian youth to take up industry-relevant skill training that will help them in securing a better livelihood. Individuals with prior learning experience or skills will also be assessed and certified under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
The Union Cabinet had approved Indias largest Skill Certification Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), on 20 March, 2015. The Scheme was subsequently launched on 15 July, 2015, on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day by Honorable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. PMKVY is implemented by National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) under the guidance of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). With a vision of a Skilled India, MSDE aims to skill India on a large scale with speed and high standards. PMKVY is the flagship scheme that is driving towards greater realisation of this vision. Owing to the its successful first year of implementation, the Union Cabinet has approved the Scheme for another four years (2016-2020) to impart skilling to 10 million youth of the country.
The Ministry 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 not only for existing jobs but also jobs that are to be created.
The Ministry aims to Skill on a large Scale with Speed and high Standards in order to achieve its vision of a 'Skilled India'.
It is aided in these initiatives by its functional arms – National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) and 33 Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) as well as 187 training partners registered with NSDC. The Ministry also intends to work with the existing network of skill development centres, universities and other alliances in the field. Further, collaborations with relevant Central Ministries, State governments, international organizations, industry and NGOs have been initiated for multi-level engagement and more impactful implementation of skill development efforts.
Sector Skill Councils are set up as autonomous industry-led bodies by NSDC. They create Occupational Standards and Qualification bodies, develop competency framework, conduct Train the Trainer Programs, conduct skill gap studies and Assess and Certify trainees on the curriculum aligned to National Occupational Standards developed by them.
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.