New Delhi, The Ministry of Skill Development and Entpreneurship has laid the foundation for a secure and skilled future for India through concentrated and trained over 2.5 crore youths under Skill India programme in the past three years, Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.
Sharing the milestones achieved under Skill India with the media persons here on Wednesday, Mr Pradhan said the Ministry was working towards creating a ‘job-ready’ workforce to fuel India’s economic growth engine.
The event was also graced by MSDE Minister of State Anantkumar Hegde. Sharing his views on the achievements made under the ‘Skill India’ initiative, Mr Pradhan said, “What began as a stepping stone in 2014 has today blossomed into a system where training is imparted, based on interest and acumen to create a skilled workforce that is in line with our dream of making India an economic powerhouse.”
Following Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath and Sabka Vikas’, today the Indian story of inclusive growth is where the marginalised are getting opportunities to match steps with the privileged, he said.
“Our focus in the coming days will also be on adapting to changing times and technology and improvise on the quality of our trainings to ensure that our youth is trained on market relevant skills.”
He said in the last two years, the ministry has operationalised more than 450 Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKK) which are state-of-the-art infrastructure for skill training in the country.
“By the end of 2018, country’s 700 districts will have a PMKK each, with the help of industry and our training partner ecosystem.
We are also looking at creating progression pathways for the youth who are in our skill ecosystem by ensuring that they not only skilled; but are hand-held and are also then further linked to entrepreneurship opportunities through Government of India’s MUDRA Yojana. Over the next one quarter (July, August, Sept) we will aim to link one lakh skilled students to entrepreneurship,” he added.
With emphasis on bringing scale, speed along with standards to the skill ecosystem and improving employment opportunities; Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship launched its flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) in 2015, under which close to 50 lakh candidates have been trained across the country. PMKVY targets to train one crore youth by 2020.
More than Rs 3,000 crore have been allocated to states under PMVKY funds with a total training target of more than 20 lakhs between the periods of 2016-2018.
MSDE has also oriented 9.33 lakh youth under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program of PMVKY which recognises and certifies skills acquired through informal means, bringing about a major shift from un-organised to organised economy.
Under the Fee Based skill training, the number of training centres has increased to 11,035 and close to a crore youth has been trained so far. The Minister also unveiled a special commemorative booklet which outlined the achievement and new initiatives under Skill India.