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Jan Shikshan Santhans: Government launches new reforms, guidelines to align JSS with National Skill Qualification Framework

Earlier, the Jan Shikshan Sansthan was managed by the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development. However, later in 2018, the JSS was transferred to the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

Jan 25, 2019 15:50 IST
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Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Petroleum and Natural Gas (MSDE) on January 24, 2019 launched new reforms and guidelines for Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) to further strengthen the skills ecosystem benefiting those in the underprivileged sections of society.  

The motive behind the new guidelines is to align the JSSs to the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF). By aligning JSSs to the National Skill Framework, the Government aims to provide standardised training across sectors.

New Guidelines of Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS)

  • Alignment of JSS course and curriculum to National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) to standardise training
  • Decentralisation of powers for JSSs for giving more accountability and independence to district administration
  • To identify and promote traditional skills in the district through skilling
  • Evidence based assessment system
  • Easy online certification
  • Linking JSS to Public Finance Management system (PFMS) to maintain transparency and accountability of the ecosystem
  • Creating livelihood linkages
  • Training of trainers to develop the capacity through National Skills Training Institutes (NSTIs)

Launch of JSS portal

The Ministry also launched the new JSS website (www.jss.gov.in) on the same occasion.

The website will furnish information on action plans, database of beneficiaries and stakeholders, details of finance and expenditure and other ongoing developments along with a public log-in access.

Blended Training System at JSS

On the same occasion, the Amrita University’s Blended Training System was launched at the Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSSs) with e-content entailing selected skill courses. This is a comprehensive ICT -based platform that provides numerous benefits for trainees and trainers.

MoU of MSDE and NSDC with NACER


The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) signed an MoU with National Centre for Excellence of RSETIs (NACER), the apex body for Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETIs).

The objective of this collaboration is to provide skilled Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) candidates from Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKKs) for the 10-day residential Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) at RSETIs.

RSETIs will also support the candidates to access loans through credit linkages with public sector banks and also provide two-year mentorship support to the candidates.

Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSSs)

  • Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSSs) are established to provide vocational training to non-literate, neo-literate, as well as school drop outs by identifying skills as would have a market in the region of their establishment.
  • Earlier known as Shramik Vidyapeeth and later renamed Jan Shikshan Sansthan in April 2000, the scheme has been successfully working for the past 50 years
  • Earlier, the Jan Shikshan Sansthan was managed by the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development. However, later in 2018, the JSS was transferred to the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  • Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) has been instrumental in skill training and introducing avenues of entrepreneurship among the socio-economically backward and educationally disadvantaged groups such as neo-literates, semi-literates, SCs, STs, women and girls, slum dwellers, migrant workers.
  • At present, out of the 247 active JSS, there are 43 JSSs that are established across 42 Aspirational Districts identified by NITI Aayog.

Overview of Jan Shikshan Sansthan

  • Currently, there are 247 JSSs working across the country towards making skilling and entrepreneurship benefits accessible to the underprivileged.
  • Since 2014, over 8 lakh people have benefitted from the JSS scheme.
  • More than 86000 men have been registered.
  • There has been an exceptional surge in the registration of women with over 7 lakh registrations.
  • JSSs have also helped open over 1 lakh bank accounts under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) and mobilised around 7.5 lakh beneficiaries enrolled in Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY).

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