Na­tional Skills Train­ing Body on Lines of CBSE in the Works

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New Delhi: In­dia is set to have a na­tional-level stan­dards body for skills train­ing equiv­a­lent to its main ed­u­ca­tion body, the Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion, as it looks to strengthen the skilling frame­work.

“Ed­u­ca­tion had some bias to­wards skills, as a re­sult of which skills never be­came part of the hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment min­istry,” skills min­is­ter Ra­jiv Pratap Rudy told me­di­a­per­sons on Wed­nes­day. “How­ever, HRD and skills min­istry are now on the same page and we will soon have a cen­tral cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem that will al­low our youth to move from skilling to ed­u­ca­tion and vice-versa.”

While re­it­er­at­ing that the big­gest chal­lenge for skilling one crore peo­ple in the next three years is lack of train­ers, Rudy said the “skills min­istry is barely two-and-a-half years old”.

“Our man­date is not to cre­ate jobs but to cre­ate em­ploy­able work­force. The task at hand is to cre­ate man­power for over­all econ­omy, which can­not hap­pen overnight,” Rudy said, ad­ding the min­istry’s work is be­ing mon­i­tored by the PM him­self.

Ear­lier, skills de­vel­op­ment sec­re­tary KP Kr­ish­nan out­lined a road map to en­sure10 mil­lion peo­ple en­ter the work­force ev­ery year. This in­cludes en­hanc­ing the scale of skills train­ing to im­prove qual­ity and em­ploy­a­bil­ity of skilled per­son­nel, mak­ing skills as­pi­ra­tional and fo­cus­ing on self-em­ploy­ment. “Our fo­cus area is to sub­stan­tially im­prove the scale of skilling while suc­cess­fully im­part­ing short-term cour­ses,” Kr­ish­nan said. As part of its all-round ap­proach, the skills de­vel­op­ment min­istry will soon rate In­dus­trial Train­ing In­sti­tutes across the coun­try on the ba­sis of their vol­un­tary self-as­sess­ment val­i­dated by a third party. The star rat­ings will then be used to de­ter­mine gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

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