MSDE programs: More than 1.17 cr people skilled

KOLKATA/NEW DELHI
7 Jun 2017

Marking the completion of three years of inclusive growth and development under the current government, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), stated that MSDE has trained more than 1.17 crore aspirants in various skills through MSDE schemes and programs since the inception of Skill India. This is apart from the numbers contributed through skill development schemes and initiatives under other Central Ministries.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rudy said, “Skill India is a silent revolution that is underway and is a joint investment that the government along with the private partners, is making for the future growth of the country. It is a path that needs to be tread very carefully since it involves the future of our youth. What we sow today is what we will reap tomorrow. We have hence taken the first two years, to set our base right and align the skill ecosystem to national standards of skill qualification.”
“It is good to see that more and more women candidates are coming forward to take up skills. Last year women participation under PMKVY was 40%. I am elated to see that we have an equal male female ratio this year cumulatively, he added.”
Adding on the point of engagement with States, K P Krishnan, Secretary, MSDE said, “Vocational Education is one of the point amongst the 52 items mentioned in the Concurrent list under 7th schedule of the Constitution of India which means that the States have to primarily drive this mandate within the State, along with Centre’s support. The Centre’s support comes in the form of funding, alignment with national standards etc. We have aligned short term trainings with the State Skill Development Missions; and World Bank schemes like SANKALP are also being implemented at the State level. Our efforts will cover the last mile very soon.” (EOIC)