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  • PM stresses on mapping and identification of skills to meet global requirements of skilled man power

    Published on June 3, 2016


    New Delhi; Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on the need for proper skill mapping and identification of the future requirements for skills, so that school-children and parents are well aware of the emerging trends in the job market. Chairing the first meeting of the Governing Council of the National Skill Development Mission in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Modi said, a similar exercise should also be done to map the skilled manpower requirements at the global level, so that India can meet the global requirement of skilled workforce.


    The Prime Minister also emphasized the importance of imbibing safety norms and soft skills as integral parts of skill development.


    AIR correspondent reports that during the meeting it was decided that skill training will be scaled up to cover at least 1.5 crore people during 2016-2017. The Central Board for Skills Certification will be set up by September this year to infuse quality into India’s skill development ecosystem. Unutilized infrastructure in existing engineering colleges will be leveraged for skill training courses.


    Profit making Public Sector Units will be mandated to scale up apprenticeships, upto 10 per cent of total manpower, over the course of this year. Private corporations are also expected to follow suit. 500 Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras, which will provide skill training free of cost to be opened this year, to impart training to India’s aspiring youth. 50 Overseas Employment Skill Training Centres to be opened this year, in migratory pockets of the country. 500 Rozgar Utsavs will be held across Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), Central Training Institutes, PMKVY training centres, toolrooms, to make skill training aspirational amongst youth.


    A national skills competition, known as ‘India Skills’ will be launched during 2016-2017, to recognize the skills of India’s youth. This year, a national level Convocation will be held for candidates who successfully complete ITI courses, to recognize their success. Over the next one year, the capacity of ITIs to be further enhanced from 18.5 lakhs to 25 lakhs and over 5000 new ITIs will be created. Traditional skills will be recognized, nurtured and promoted through informal apprenticeships, under various programmes.


    The meeting was attended by Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, Minister for Skill Development Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani, Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Kalraj Mishra, Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Senior bureaucrats. Corporate leaders including Chairman of Tata Group Cyrus P. Mistry, Founder and CEO Flipkart Sachin Bansal and Chairman and Founder of Team Lease Services Manish Sabharwal also participated in the Governing Council meeting.