1.5 Crore people to be skilled in year 2016-17, PM Narendra Modi declared while chaired first Governing Council meeting of National Skill Development Mission (NSDM)

Skill training in the country will be scaled up to cover 1.5 crore people during 2016-2017, the capacity of ITIs will be enhanced by over six lakh and more than 5000 new ITIs will be created, according to decisions taken at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.

At the First Meeting of Governing Council of National Skill Development Mission (NSDM), attended by three Chief Ministers and a number of union ministers, Modi stressed 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. 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, a PMO statement said.

The major decisions taken at the meeting included scaling up of skill training to cover at least 1.5 crore people during 2016-2017, the statement said. It also decided to set up the Central Board for Skills Certification by September 2016 to infuse quality into India’s skill development ecosystem and leveraging unutilized infrastructure in existing engineering colleges for skill training courses.

The meeting decided to enhance the capacity of ITIs over the next one year to 25 lakhs from 18.5 lakhs and over 5000 new ITIs will be created for this, the statement said. Unutilized infrastructure in existing engineering colleges will be leveraged for skill training courses, decided the meeting which was attended by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul.

“Profit making Public Sector Units (PSUs) will be mandated to scale up apprenticeships, upto 10 per cent of total manpower over the course of this year. Private corporations are also expected to follow suit,” it said.

500 Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras will be opened this year and provide skill training free of cost to India’s aspiring youth.

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