New Delhi: The Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi today (19 December 2016) laid the foundation stone of the first ever “Indian Institute of Skills” in the country in Kanpur. The Institute has been conceptualized by the Prime Minister during his visit to Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education.
Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, headed by Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy, in partnership with the Institute of Technical Education, Singapore decided to open an institute first ever of its kind in the country, the institute is inspired by the Singapore model of training and would adopt various best practices from the country. The Ministry has decided to have six such institutes all across.
Prime Minister also inaugurated the Kaushal Pradarshini (Skill Exhibition) for the youth of Uttar Pradesh. The Exhibition showcases state-of-the-art vocational training practices across different sectors, and will remain open for public view at the Railway Grounds, Kanpur between 19th to 22nd December.
Mr Modi launched an array of skill development initiatives for the youth of the country, including Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKKs) and Drivers’ Training Institutes. There was also strategic partnership with various industries that will train and employ approximate 4 Lakh youth over the next 3 years.
Prime Minister expressed concern about the training of drivers so to achieve his dream. The Ministry has decided to open up 100 Driver Training Institutes all across India soon. NSDC has signed a MoU with OLA cabs. OLA cabs need 1 lakh drivers and we will ensure we provide trained drivers.
Mr Modi announced “National Apprentice Promotion Scheme” in the State where the State Government has a major role in its successful implementation. There are only 23,000 private companies that are engaged in apprenticeship across the country. It is MSDE’s endeavour to encourage State Government support and ensure engagement with more corporates on apprenticeship trainings. This is one direct way of bridging the gap between the potential employee and the employer and has models under Apprenticeship training has benefited economies of many countries. The financial year target for 2016-17 is to ensure enrolment of 5 lakh apprentices at least across the country.
Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has plans to open one Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) each, in each district of the country creating opportunities of growth for the youth locally and the launch of some 31 PMKKs was announced by Mr Modi at the event 19 December 2016. Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras are iconic state-of-the-art skill development centres with modern infrastructure to facilitate skill trainings in the country.
MSDE also has plans to felicitate skilled candidates who have been trained under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (RPL) in Kanpur where the Prime Minister himself distributed skill certificates to Street Food Vendors, Leather industry Workers under the recognition of prior learning program of the government. This program helps in assessment of the existing work experience of a person and certifies him on his current skill-set basis the National Skill Qualification Framework approved by both the industry and the government of India.