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Union Government launched National Mission for Skill Development

Jul 15, 2015 17:17 IST

Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) on 15 July 2015 launched the National Mission for Skill Development (NMSD). The NMSD was launched to provide the overall institutional framework to rapidly implement and scale up skill development efforts across India.

The Mission seeks to provide the institutional capacity to train a minimum of 300 million skilled people by the year 2022.

Objectives of the Mission

  • Create an end-to-end implementation framework for skill development, which provides opportunities for life-long learning.
  • Align employer/industry demand and workforce productivity with trainees’ aspirations for sustainable livelihoods, by creating a framework for outcome-focused training.
  • Establish and enforce cross-sectoral, nationally and internationally acceptable standards for skill training in the country.
  • Build capacity for skill development in critical un-organized sectors and provide pathways for re-skilling and up-skilling workers in this sector, to enable them to transition into formal sector employment.
  • Ensure sufficient, high quality options for long-term skilling, benchmarked to internationally acceptable qualification standards, which will ultimately contribute to the creation of a highly skilled workforce.
  • Develop a network of quality instructors/trainers in the skill development ecosystem by establishing high quality teacher training institutions.
  • Leverage existing public infrastructure and industry facilities for scaling up skill training and capacity building efforts.
  • Support weaker and disadvantaged sections of society through focused outreach programmes and targeted skill development activities.
  • Propagate aspirational value of skilling among youth, by creating social awareness on value of skill training.
  • Maintain a national database, known as the Labour Market Information System (LMIS), which will act as a portal for matching the demand and supply of skilled workforce in the country.

Institutional Mechanism

The Mission at the Centre will consist of a apex Governing Council to be headed by Prime Minister, a Steering Committee to be headed by Minister of MSDE and a Mission Directorate to be chaired by Secretary, MSDE.

Mission Directorate will be supported by three other institutions, viz., National Skill Development Agency (NDSA), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Directorate General of Training (DGT).

At the State level, States will be encouraged to create State Skill Development Mission along the lines of National Skill Development Mission with a Steering Committee and a Mission Directorate at the State level.

Seven Sub-Missions

The Mission will have seven sub-missions under its purview. These are:

  • Revitalizing Institutional training
  • Infrastructure through undertaking sector specific skill training initiatives
  • Ensure convergence of existing skill development programmes
  • Leverage existing public infrastructure for skilling
  • Focus on training of trainers
  • Facilitate overseas employment and
  • Promote sustainable livelihoods

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