Gurgaon : Apparel, Made-Ups & Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council has been formulated by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Govt of India and NSDC to develop Skills repository for Apparel value chain, National Occupational Standards (NOS) in the industry, establish well-structured Sector specific Labour Market Information System (LMIS) and improvise the training delivery value chain, including third party assessments and certifications.
The Council is spearheading the Skilling work in the sector by participating in the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). This scheme envisages imparting training to fresh youth of the country, as well as assessing and certifying the existing workforce in the Apparel sector. The latter process is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), under which existing manpower of the Apparel factories and those having prior knowledge, are assessed and certified by the Council.
In this series, Apparel, Made-Ups & Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council signed an MOU with All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS), an NGO for the wellbeing of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits’ families, at Apparel House, Gurgaon. The signing ceremony was attended by representatives of AIKS and Apparel made ups and home furnishing sector skill Council officials.
The MOU was signed by Mr. M K Pajan, Gen Secy of AIKS and Dr. Roopak Vasishtha, CEO, AMH SSC. Dr Roopak informed that the said MOU envisages training and certification of 1000 women of families of Kashmiri pandits staying in camps in Jammu under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). He also informed the gathering that in addition to training and certification of these women, efforts would be made to make clusters of such trained and certified women and would be connected to the industry so that these women can earn decent livelihood. Those who wish to start their own business would be helped by arranging loans under the Pradhanmantri Mudra Yojna from various banks.
Mr. Pajan lauded the efforts of the AMH SSC in arranging these trainings at the camps at Jammu and wished that the clusters, so made, would soon be connected to the industry so that the concerned women would bet suitable returns. Mr. Raj Nehru of AIKS also informed the gathering that such certification would not only enable the women to start earning but would also bring pride and self-confidence among them, which could be termed as true women empowerment.