In our Special Series Year ender-2020, today we bring you a report on Skill India. National Skill Development Mission also known as Skill India Mission was launched on 15th July, 2015 to provide a strong institutional framework to implement and scale up skill development efforts across the country.
In the last five years, nearly one crore two lakh youths from different regions of the country have been trained under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has exhorted the youth for skill, reskill and upskill in order to remain relevant in the rapidly changing business environment and market conditions.
Addressing a virtual conclave on World Youth Skills Day in 15th July this year, Mr Modi had said that in a rapidly changing world, millions of skilled people are needed and there is a huge potential, especially in health sector.
Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey has said that our youth is the biggest asset and an important force in the economic growth, and social development of the country. He said, the government is focused on enhancing the versatility of different skills, making them suitable to meet the industry demands with the support of new technologies, nationally and globally.
AIR correspondent reports that the Skill India scheme is a smart initiative that works toward the development of the country as a whole. Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3.0 has been approved by the Expenditure Finance Committee and Skill Development Ministry is targeting to train eight Lakh candidates at an outlay of over 948 crore rupees during 2020-21. The Scheme will be launched shortly.
Skill India is an initiative of the Government of India to empower the youth with skill sets, making them more employable. It offers courses across several sectors which are aligned to the standards recognised by both, the industry and the government under the National Skill Qualification Framework.
The Skill India programme has numerous benefits and its objective is to enable youth to take up training in order to secure a better livelihood. There has been a substantial increase in the size of the ITI ecosystem and more than five thousand ITIs have been established over the last five years. More than three lakh 42 thousand peoples were trained in special farming.
Around five lakh apprentices have been trained in last three years. Under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalaya Yojana, four lakh 40 thousand candidates have been trained during 2018-19 and 2019-20. Out of them more than 84 thousand candidates belong to Scheduled Tribes. Besides, over 96 thousand people were trained as Yoga Instructors and Trainers under Skill India Mission.