All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has launched Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) for technical institutes to impart skill-based training to the students during the off-college hours so as to make proper utilization of existing resources available at the engineering colleges and polytechnics.
As per the new scheme, AICTE would offer training to at least 100 unemployed youth per year in engineering skills based on the job roles as per National Occupational Standards (NOS) prescribed by The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship(MSDE). The additional cost of the course would be borne by the AICTE itself.
Dr Anshu Kataria, president, Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA), while welcoming the initiative taken by AICTE said, “The technical institutes are viable vehicle for conducting such skill training sessions. The step would also strengthen ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Startup India’ and other such projects involved to develop around 109 million skilled persons by 2022.” Kataria said. On one hand such new schemes would help students to get skill development education and on the other hand the underutilized infrastructure of the colleges could also be brought under proper utilization. He further added that on the same pattern state should also set up a committee to access the total surplus infrastructure available in the technical institutes of the Punjab wherein such courses can be started.
It is to be mentioned that the last date for the submission of online application on AICTE portal is 18th April under which all eligible institutions will have to offer skills training for 250 hours to a batch of 100 students based on National Occupational Standards (NOS) in engineering skills. AICTE will give grant in aid that is rupees 10,000/- per student.
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