MUMBAI: More than 1.04 crore youth have been trained under the Skill India Mission in the year 2015-16, which is 36.8% higher than the previous year’s recorded data. In the current arrangement, 60% of the training is directly under the ministry of state for skill development and entrepreneurship (MSDE), while 40% is conducted across other central ministries.
According to Rajiv Pratap Rudy, union minister, MSDE, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) alone witnessed more than 20 lakh people, of which 40% are women candidates being trained in their choice of skills.
“In the last two years, the skill training and development ecosystem has seen transformational change through concerted efforts in terms of initiatives such as PMKVY, new ITIs with private/ industry partnership, infusion of new ideas and finance through World Bank assistance, a paradigm shift in entrepreneurship education and development, amendments in Apprenticeship Act for increasing opportunities for the youth. Together, these have for the first time, brought in a new focus to skill development in the country,” said Rudy.
With a slew of policy level changes being introduced with the launch of National Skill Development Policy and Mission, more than 1,500 courses have been aligned to National Skill Qualification Framework.
The ministry said in the last two years, the number of ITIs in the country has increased from 10,750 (May 2014) to over 13,105 today (May 2016) and these will be further scaled up to 18,000 by September this year. More than 1,141 new ITIs have been added and 1.73 seats have been increased in the last one year. There is also a plan to modernize the existing ITI ecosystem and establishment of new ITIs and multi skill training institutes.