New Delhi: Marking the completion of three years of inclusive growth and development under the NDA government, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the ministry has trained more than 1.17 crore aspirants in various skills through MSDE schemes and programmes since the inception of Skill India. That was apart from the numbers contributed through skill development schemes and initiatives under other ministries, the minister said.
Speaking to the media here on Tuesday, Rudy said that Skill India was a silent revolution that was underway and it’s a joint investment that the government along with the private partners was making for the future growth of the country. He said Skill India playing a major role in shaping future of the youth.
Rudy said: “Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), which was launched on July 15, 2015, alone had witnessed more than 26.5 lakh people getting trained in skills of their choice till date, of which 50 per cent were women candidates. Last year women participation under PMKVY was 40 percent. I am elated to see that we have an equal male female ratio this year cumulatively.”
Elaborating on increased participation of corporates, Rudy said: “The industry will only partner when it sees quality workforce coming out from Skill India. We’re seeing that transition happening gradually. More and more corporate are partnering with us on different levels whether is it on engaging with apprentices, extending infrastructure support, contribution through CSR funds and hiring of resources.”
Answering questions on monitoring of fraudulent practices, Rudy said, “a handful of organizations claiming to be PMKVY agencies promising jobs to unemployed youth were taking money and duping the public in the name of MSDE. Such advertisements were found more in vernacular dailies. We condemn such practices and have filed FIRs against them,” while He cautioning the public at large to be vary of such frauds and check for the right affiliated centres before joining.
Secretary MSDE KP Krishnan said that vocational education was one of the points amongst the 52 items mentioned in the Concurrent list which meant that the States had to primarily drive this mandate within the State, along with Centre’s support.
The key achievements of the department listed by him include bringing more than 4.82 lakh people to the organised sector through the recognition of prior learning program under PMKVY, which recognises existing skills and certifies youth (13,000 rubber tappers, more than 250 railway porters and 1500 employees of Rashtrapati Bhawan), announcement of more than 480 Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendrs, opening of more than 1,381 new ITIs with more than five lakh seas, etc.