Skill development : Budget Highlights 2016-2017

By | March 9, 2016

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Budget Highlights 2016-2017

The Minister of State (I/C) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has made the following statement in a media briefing here today.

“The budget for skill development is highly encouraging for us.

As announced, we will be creating 1500 Multi Skill Training Institutes (MSTIs) which will basically be the new generation ITIs set up in PPP mode. So far we have just had standalone government or private ITIs. These will be set up in those blocks and districts of the country which are yet to focus on skill development.

The scheme to set up 1,500 MSTIs in PPP mode in unserved blocks of the country has been sent to the EFC for approval. The scheme envisages that access to long-term skill training opportunities is available to all individuals in the country through high quality, government supported Industrial Training Institutes in all unserved blocks of the country. Currently, there are over 2,500 unserved blocks in India.  The PPP element of the scheme will ensure that there is buy-in from the private training partner in addition the government grant in-aid.

We are also certain and committed to achieve our target of skilling 1 crore youth over the next 3 years under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). In line with this, we are already setting up model skill centres across more than 500 districts in the country.

The new phase of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) will be implemented through adequate scaling up, both in terms of sectors and geography, such that the it will function as the signature scheme of Central Government for skill development across the country. High quality training centres present across the country, will be utilised for running the programme. It is envisaged that the revised scheme guidelines will ensure robust monitoring and centre validation through third party agencies, create additional provisions for North East and LWE affected areas, and involve State governments in implementation. 

The formation of the National Skill Certification Board is another big step in further strengthening the skill ecosystem. It will see representation from both government and industry, which will collectively enable a joint framework for quality skill assessment.

Assessment processes in the country so far have been highly fragmented and varied. The National Board for Skill Certification will act as a one stop shop for examinations, assessments and awarding national level certificates in compliance with National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) for skill development courses in the country. Thus, it is envisaged that the Board will be an autonomous organisation with the mandate of ensuring that the skills assessment ecosystem in the country is maintained at a high standard. 

The focus of the budget on creation of jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities through initiatives like Start-Up India and others, spells out the clear vision of government, to link the skilled workforce with employment opportunities.

We will work to deliver Entrepreneurship, Education and training in 2200 colleges, 300 schools, 500 government ITIs and 50 Vocational Training Centres. Aspiring entrepreneurs will be connected to mentors and credit markets”.

Source Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 08-March, 2016

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