Ra­jiv Pratap Rudy

MoS (IN­DE­PEN­DENT CHARGE) FOR SKILL DE­VEL­OP­MENT AND EN­TREPRENEUR­SHIP

India Today - - 30 YEARS OF MODI GOVERNMENT | SOCIAL SECTOR - —Sh­weta Punj

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.

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