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How India Plans to Develop Skills of the Youth

Narendra Modi chairing the meeting of Governing Council of the National Skill Development Mission, in New Delhi on June 02, 2016

Narendra Modi chairing the meeting of Governing Council of the National Skill Development Mission, in New Delhi on June 02, 2016

The first meeting of the Governing Council of the National Skill Development Mission (NSDM) was held under the chairmanship of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (June 2).

In his remarks at the meeting, Modi stressed on the need for proper skill mapping and identification of the future requirements for skills, so that school-children and parents are well aware of the emerging trends in the job market.

Further, he said a similar exercise should also be done to map the skilled manpower requirements at the global level, so that India can meet the global requirement of skilled workforce.

[ क्या आप भी अपने बच्चों की पढ़ाई को लेकर परेशान हैं? ]

The Prime Minister also emphasized the importance of imbibing safety norms and soft skills as integral parts of skill development.

According to the government data, 65% of Indians are under the age of 35. By 2025, almost 1 in 5 of the world’s working age population (18.3%) will be Indian.

In order to leverage India’s demographic dividend and prioritise skill development, a dedicated new Ministry for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) was set up by the newly elected Modi government in November 2014 to steer and coordinate skill development efforts. Skill India is anchored within this new Ministry.

[ आइए सुने अपने प्रधान मंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी जी के मन की बात ]

According to the government, Skill India has led to transformational change in India’s vocational training ecosystem. Over the last one year, the government claims that over 1.04 crore youth have been trained under the Mission.

Government says this figure is 36.8% higher than the previous year’s recorded data. In the current arrangement, 60% of the trainings are directly under MSDE while 40% are across other Central Ministries.

According to the Indian government, MSDE’s Flagship Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), which was launched on July 15, 2015 by the Prime Minister, has trained more than 20 lakh people, of which 40 per cent are women candidates, being trained in their choice of skills.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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