Skill Development Minister Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey visited PMKK Centers in Varanasi to check COVID-19 customized crash courses progress

New Delhi : In a bid to fight the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched a ‘Customized Crash Course’ programme to skill and upskill over one lakh COVID warriors across the country on 18th June 2021. Following the launch of this training programme, Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, recently visited the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) in Varanasi. During his visit, Dr. Pandey interacted with the students undergoing training in the centers and wished them a bright future.

The training programme has commenced in 111 training centers across 26 states and soon one lakh professionals will be available for on-the-job support at healthcare facilities across locations. Depending upon the demand raised from the states, the training will be implemented in a staggered manner for on-the-job training, adhering to Covid-19 guidelines. These six customized crash courses have been developed in the shortest possible timeline by the Healthcare Sector Skill Council (HSSC), which consists of professionals from the health sector and approved by the skill regulator, namely NCVET.

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During his PMKK center visit in Varanasi, Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey said, “The launch of ‘Customized Crash Course’ is an important step towards building capacity and capability to combat current and future challenges of COVID-19. Through this initiative, training will be provided to the youth in healthcare-related job roles for them to support and serve their fellow citizens during this pandemic. I am confident that this training will prove helpful in reducing the burden on our doctors and nurses and also help our youth get better opportunities in future.”

The programme aims at skilling and upskilling over one lakh health professionals in relevant roles in services required to fight COVID-19. New job roles identified include Basic Care Support, Emergency Care Support, Advanced Care Support, Sample Collection Support, Home Care Support, Medical Equipment Support. The program will include short-term training followed by three months of on-the-job training in health facilities like primary health centers, hospitals, diagnostic facilities, sample collection centers, etc.

Benefits to the candidates include a government certification, stipend, accidental insurance of two lakh rupees, boarding, and lodging. The States are being instructed to get the candidates vaccinated, provide PPE kits along with facilitating movement pass for them. In order to ensure the quality outcome of the training, special focus is laid on availability of Training Centre (TC) facilities & infrastructure, availability of training material, regularity of training including batch attendance and strength, trainer qualification, Training of Trainer (ToT) certification and more.

The initiative of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship will support various states and district administrations in their fight against COVID and will also support reducing the excessive workload of doctors and nurses.

The Ministry will also work on upskilling the already experienced health workers and PMKVY-certified candidates, before being employed with healthcare facilities.

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