The National Skill Development Council (NDSC) on 5 August 2013 announced about its plans to open a Skill Development Council for the National Aerospace and Aviation Industry at Bangalore. The council would be formed by September 2013. The basic objective behind the creation of the SSC is to bridge the quantitative and qualitative skill gap.
About the Skill Development Council
• The Skill Development Council will be an autonomous body and oversee the design, development and certification of occupational standards for the aerospace and aviation industry.
• The aerospace council would be the 20th such body formed under the NSDC’s aegis. The council, which has access to funds to the tune of 1000 crore rupees, has been mandated to generate skills for one million people in the country in 2013.
• The formation of the aerospace council is expected to result in the certification of more than 18000 trainers in 90 trades within the next three years.
• The council would not only result in certification but also the generation of a labour market information system for the industry.
• The council would conduct productivity analysis and track technology trends so that skills can be upgraded.
• The formation of the council would enable the identification of institutions in the country that were equipped to deliver courses suited to the needs of the industry.
Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, in his 2013-14 budget speech, had proposed an allocation of 1000 crore rupees for a skill development scheme that would offer an incentive of 10000 rupees to every individual, who undergoes training.
About National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
• The NSDC was set up by the Union Ministry of Finance, under Section 25 of the Companies Act as a part of the National Skill Development Mission.
• NSDC is aimed to fulfill the growing need of skilled manpower across various sectors by narrowing the existing gap between the demand and supply of skills across India.
• NSDC is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in India and a large part of its efforts are directed at skill development programmes in the unorganised sector.
• NSDC acts as a catalyst in skill development by providing funding to enterprises, companies and organisations that provide skill training. It will also develop appropriate models to enhance, support and coordinate private sector initiatives.
• The NSDC is also involved in constituting Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) that would establish quality standards for the segments they represent.
• NSDC’s objective is to contribute significantly (about 30 percent) to the overall target of skilling/upskilling 500 million people in India by 2022.