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NSIC resumes its job fairs; Over 70,000 trained at Okhla Centre

In order to make use of the demographic advantage that India enjoys, the country needs to upskill the youth and existing labour force. Recognising this need, the government has put more  focus on  skilling entrants into the labour force, through Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana and  training through National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

In this context, the work of  National Small Industries Corporation is also noteworthy as it gives placement assistance to its trainees by organizing job fairs and campus interviews.

Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and National Small Industries Corporation organised such a job fair on May 13 in which over 30 companies participated.

Many renowned companies including LG Electronics, Munjal Showa (Hero Honda Group) and JBM Group participated in the ‘Enterprise India Mega Job Fair’ at Okhla in New Delhi. The job fair was organised to provide employment opportunities to students who are passing out from courses being conducted in the NSIC  Centres. The program saw participation of over 1,000 trainees.

NSIC Technical Services Centres

NSIC Technical Services Centres (NTSC) provides a range of skill development training in conventional areas like Turner, Fitter, Electrician etc. as well as Hi-tech areas such as Embedded Systems, PLC, SCADA, and Robotics etc.  The NSIC Centres organise job fairs periodically to fulfil the requirement of skilled manpower for industry. The Mega Job Fair on May 13 was the first offline job fair organized by NSIC after pandemic.

During the last 6-7 years, over 70,000 trainees were trained by the Centre & many successfully got placed in the industry through campus placements.

A new testing facility for MSMEs at NTSC (Okhla) New Delhi was also inaugurated on the day. The NTSCs are located at Aligarh, Chennai, Howrah, Hyderabad, Okhla, Gujarat’s Rajkot & Punjab’s Rajpura.

As the demographic dividend is expected to last for 25 years, NTSCs and other skilling and placement initiatives of the government have a large role to play in leveraging this one time opportunity.

Skilling initiatives of Government

The creation of a new Skill Development ministry in 2014 marked a paradigm shift in skilling, moving it to a new trajectory. The Skill India Initiative was launched in 2015 which aims to equip 40 Crore people with employable skills by 2022. This initiative includes key government schemes on skill development like National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), National Skill Development Mission and the Skill Loan Scheme.

Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) has trained around 1.4 crore youth in the country. Over 11 lakh youth have been trained across industries under National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS). 4,61,541 beneficiaries have been trained under Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS).

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