The Union Environment Ministry on May 15, 2018 launched the Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) with an aim to train over 5.5 lakh workers in environment and forest sectors in the country.
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Highlights of the Green Skill Development Programme
• The Green Skill Development Programme was initially launched in 2017 as a pilot project in 10 districts only wherein 154 youths, mainly school dropouts, were trained as parataxonomists and biodiversity conservationists.
• However, the programme is now launched on a large scale. Around 80000 youths will be trained at 80 institutions in a time frame of one year.
• By 2020, over 2 lakh youths will be trained and by 2021, a total over 5.5 lakh youths will be trained as green skilled workers.
How the courses will be carried out under the programme?
• The government aims to train the youth by 2021 through the launch of 30 courses.
• It will carry out the skill development of youth in the environment and forest sectors through 30 courses with the help of its Environment Information System (ENVIS) hubs, resource partners as well as other institutions across the country.
• The certificate courses with duration of 80 hours to 560 hours will be open for admission from July 2018 onwards.
• Many of these courses will be open for admission to 10th and 12th dropouts.
• Few of the interesting courses will be - River Dolphin conservator, water budgeting and auditing, forest fire management, management of small botanical gardens, propagation and management of bamboo, bird identification and basic ornithology, city environment surveyors, among others.
• These 30 courses will be taught across 84 institutes like WII-Delhradun, Bombay Natural History Society in Mumbai, Botanical Survey of India in Pune and WWF in Delhi.
• The ministry will be open to any collaboration or partnership with national and international organisations to build a strong network which can be utilised for green skilling under GSDP for sustainable conservation and management of natural resources.
• The cost of the programme will be supported by the Union Environment Ministry.