National Skills Training Body on Lines of CBSE in the Works
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.