World Youth Skills Day on July 15: Know all about 'Skill India' initiative

In June 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged in Parliament to redeem the image of the country from 'scam India' to 'Skill India' and to enhance its stature in the comity of nations, through "cooperative federalism".

While recognising the country's 'young' demographic dividend, PM Modi has always stressed that the world needs 'skilled' manpower. [Updates:National Skill Development Mission to be launched shortly]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the Skill India logo in New Delhi on Wednesday.

"Only a graduation certificate is not enough. We need skills. We need to concentrate on skill development", PM Modi had said in his first address in the Lok Sabha on June 11, 2014. In September 2014, Modi had sought Japan's help for skill development in India.

Let's know more about NDA's much ambitious-Skill India programme, that was unveiled on Wednesday, July 15, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. [PM Modi to launch Skill India Campaign on July 15]

What is Skill India?

  • To mark the World Youth Skills Day, the government has set a target of skilling 40.2 crore people by 2022, under the new National Policy for Skill Development, in which 54 percent of people will be skilled in agriculture sector.
  • A number of initiatives are aimed at developing skills and promoting entrepreneurship among youth, during the mega-launch of Skill India Mission.

Initiatives launched for much-ambitious Skill India:

  • Model Skill Loan Scheme
  • Skill Card for persons certified under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY)
  • National Policy for Skill Development.

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) will converge, coordinate, implement and monitor skilling activities across India.

About Ministry of Skill Development And Entrepreneurship

  • The Ministry is responsible for co-ordination of all skill development efforts across the country, removal of disconnect between demand and supply of skilled manpower, building the vocational and technical training framework, skill up-gradation, building of new skills, and innovative thinking not only for existing jobs but also jobs that are to be created.
  • The Ministry aims to Skill on a large Scale with Speed and high Standards in order to achieve its vision of a 'Skilled India'.

Ministry's Functional arms

  • National Skill Development Agency (NSDA)
  • National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
  • National Skill Development Fund (NSDF)
  • 33 Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) 
  • 187 training partners

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