New Delhi: The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) organized a day-long consultative workshop on 18 February, with representatives from States and Union Territories, to review skill development across geographies and segments and to seek their valuable suggestions on streamlining the upcoming initiatives.
The key thrust of the workshop was to increase the participation of the District Committees for better coordination of the skill efforts in each district and to achieve the broader objectives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making India the skill capital of the world.
During the workshop, Vision 2025 was also discussed which lays out the key focus areas and ready-to-implement roadmap for promoting Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in the country.
The workshop aimed to unlock the true potential of the youth by making skills aspirational, and building sustainable livelihood pathways for them. The State and Union Territory representatives shared their regional perspective on the various aspects of the Skill India Mission including apprenticeship, long term skilling; Sankalp and strive initiatives; entrepreneurship; short term skilling and the next stage of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), PMKVY 3.0, and the related challenges and opportunities.
The Center proposed that the District Skill Committees (DSCs) should be further empowered with substantial fund allocation to ensure stringent monitoring and evaluation of skill training under the next phase of PMKVY.
Towards this, MSDE has recently introduced the Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF), an initiative designed and implemented by IIM Bangalore in collaboration with State Skill Development Missions (SSDMs), where fellows will be posted in districts for 2 years working closely with the district administration to create specific State Skill Development Plans. Relevant local and state-level programs will also receive additional funding under the Sankalp scheme of MSDE, beyond the already allocated state incentive grants.
The workshop also deliberated on the integration of skill development in the plans of Gram Panchayats ensuring last-mile connectivity.
Urging the states to increase scale and standards of skill development, Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Mahendra Nath Pandey said, “Our endeavour is to move away from the low skill equilibrium and contribute towards economic growth and wealth creation through skill development and entrepreneurship. This will eventually lead to increased employment prospects for the youth of the nation. The success of Skill India is dependent on the increased participation of the states and the district committees to drive demand-driven skill development in market-relevant courses and prepare our youth to be industry-ready.”
“There should be consistent research and analysis of skill gaps at a local level so that our strategies match the demand of the market and the aspiration of the youth. We should enable industry surveys to enable outcome-based skilling,” said R K Singh, MoS Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
MSDE assured its support to States in keeping pace with the industry best practices by enabling upgradation of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and encouraging more participation from industry giants. Initially, MSDE will focus on the top 500 ITIs, on the basis of the grading of these institutes, and will also determine surplus existing capacity for Short Term Training in ITIs. MSDE has also identified 100 industrial clusters for improved and broadening Apprenticeship training. Out of these, agreements have already been signed with eleven clusters.
To promote entrepreneurship in the country, the Ministry proposed entrepreneurship development unit in each State which will be anchored with State Skilling Mission. It also proposed developing mentorship and handholding of existing and new entrepreneurs, through district entrepreneurship incubation lab in existing skilling institutions.