Centre has planned to set up nearly 25,000 skill development centers at cost of Rs 32,000 cr in next 3 yrs : Skills Minister R P Rudy

Union government has made a provision to the tune of Rs 32,000 crore for skill development in next three years, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy said here today.

Speaking after inaugurating the Skill Development Centre by Telangana Jagruti at Ashok Nagar on Friday, the Union Minister said that the Centre aims to develop skills among youth under Pradhan Kaushal Vikas Yojna. He said that the Centre has planned to set up nearly 25,000 skill development centres across the country at a cost of Rs. 32,000 crore. He said that youth needs to be trained to meet the requirements of different industries. He praised Nizamabad MP and Telangana Jagruti president K. Kavitha for launching the Skill Development Centre and assured complete help of the Central Government.

“By next three years, the Government of India is committed to a total amount in skilling…The provision made is to the tune of Rs 32,000 crore. Never ever in the history of independent India, this large allocation has been done and this has been done at the instance of the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) himself,” Rudy said.

“The challenge today is to see how this money has to be utilized and…the formulation whether between the ITIs and PMKVY (Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana) or through the Apprenticeship Scheme which has been completely revised,” he said.

Rudy recalled that Central government through Cabinet decision for the PMKVY has given the ministry Rs 12,000 crore.

Under the World Bank scheme of strengthening the institutions of state and central governments, a loan of USD 1.5 billion was committed. And recently under apprenticeship Scheme another Rs 12,000 crore was given, he said.

Out of the Rs 12,000 crore sanctioned for Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), 25 per cent of this money will go directly to the states, Rudy said.

“The guidelines for the state governments are being prepared and once the guidelines are ready they will be sent to the states in the next 15 days and the state governments will have to send their proposals, and then we will sanction them,” the minister said.

Rudy said model centres for skills will be established under PMKVY across the country.

“There are 2,500 blocks in the country which do not have ITIs, and Government of India is planning to set up in each and every unserviced block of this country the multi-skill training institutes,” he said.

Rudy said that across the world, training is not restricted to classrooms. “In China, an estimated three crore students are being trained on factory floors, in Japan it is 1 crore and in Germany 40 lakh students. To make training successful after classroom teaching it has to be connected to the institution of industry.

“Yesterday, the Ambassador of India to Japan met me and said if we can give 10,000 boys who are skilled, the Japan government is ready to take them. There is not only a shortage of trained workforce within the country, the whole world is looking towards India for a trained manpower. But, unfortunately the ecosystem of skilling was compromised (earlier),” Rudy said.

He said the industry wanted a trained manpower but the system cannot provide and the challenge before the Skill Development Ministry is to create that environment.

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