Rajiv Pratap Rudy
MoS (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
WITH SKILLING INDIA INTEGRAL to PM Narendra Modi’s model of development, Rajiv Pratap Rudy shoulders an enormous responsibility. His ministry is trying to put together a roadmap for skilling—curriculum, target groups, expected outcomes. India now has a comprehensive policy for skill development and entrepreneurship and an implementation plan with the National Skill Development Mission. “Skilling is in the ambit of education and all that is non-performing in that is my legacy,” says Rudy. “There is a huge perception battle with skilling. I am working on building an ecosystem, which was non-existent.” Under the National Skills Qualifications Framework, qualifications for 1,722 skills have been fixed. The ministry is constituting a national board through which students who didn’t clear 10th or 12th grade can get secondary or senior secondary school certificates on completing two years at an Industrial Training Institute. Rudy wants to build a durable and organised network of skilling. To achieve that, he must rapidly scale up the number of skilling centres.