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Changing Perceptions: Skilling Indian Youth

 Recognition for skill, respectable remuneration, career growth and healthy competition are vital to transform skill education to be the desired route to meaningful employment and sustainable livelihood.  Acquiring skills through vocational education need not be a desperate and undesired path for wage employment through blue collared job roles.  “India Skills Competition” and celebrations of World Youth Skills Day have given an impetus to sustained efforts under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKYV) to transform India to be the Skill capital of the world.

In an unprecedented encouragement to vocational training through ITIs, the age old system of skill training in the country, India Skills offers a big opportunity for the youth of our nation to showcase their skill sets on a global platform like World Skills International Competition. World Skills is globally recognized as the Olympics for skills and recognised by the United Nations with over 75 member countries participation. The India Skills aims to achieve recognition and respect to our country’s vibrant youth and make them more employable as per industry standards, thereby transforming the skills, labour and employment landscape of India. President Pranab Mukherjee who inaugurated the -‘India Skills-2016 competition points out, India is a young nation with 62% of its population in the working age group and more than 54% of the total population below 25 years of age with around 15 million youth entering the workforce each year.

Coinciding with the completion of one year of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKYV) the joint efforts of Ministry of Skill Development & Entreprenuership and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) completed more than 80 regional competitions in 24 skills/trades including hair stylist, welding, car painting, auto body repair, graphic designing, robotics to name only a few. Around 4820 candidates registered for participation in the competition this year and 40 organisations came together to select the best talent to represent at India Skills, The shortlisted candidates from these competitions will qualify for the final selection for World Skills International Competition at Abu Dhabi, 2017 where the vibrant youth, industries, and educators provide an opportunity to compete, experience, and learn how to master their skill of choice.

The Union Cabinet has given the  approval to the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana to impart skill training to one crore people over the next four years. Rs.12,000 crore has been allocated for this cause. The scheme will impart fresh training to 60 lakh youths and certify skills of 40 lakh persons acquired non- formally. Under the Scheme, government will impart skills to youth within four years between 2016-2020.  Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana is a unique initiative by the Government of India that offers Indian youth meaningful, industry relevant, skill  based training. Under this scheme, the trainees will be offered a financial reward and a government certification on successful completion of training

and assessment, which will help them secure a job for a better future

An year ago on 15th July 2015, the National Skill Development Mission was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to create convergence across sectors and states in terms of skill training activities. Underlining his vision for a bright future for the youth of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reiterated at the recent Inter–state council meet that India's strength is its youth and a good environment across the country where they can acquire skills is an inevitable necessity. “It’s a proud moment to celebrate achievements and milestones over the last one year, the Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy says. The year has been remarkable with more than 1.04 crore youth trained under various initiative of Skill India in 2015-16, marks 36.8% growth compared to the year before.

A heartening moment it is for young Indians as well, Skill development has become national priority as the youth take another stride ahead to wards ensuring a successful future.


P.S. Madan Kumar