Skill India Mission: India's Tryst with Greatness

Skill development is not just a program but a movement. Jobless youth, college and school dropouts, along with the educated ones, from rural and urban areas, can join the skill training. Skills training combines theoretical knowledge, practical sessions and evaluations designed to transform the youth into confident, competent and skilled Indians.

At the end of the training, the learners develop the competence and the confidence to become self-dependent skillful person. It gives youngsters the most important aspect for their life, gainful engagement and respect in the society.

At present the capacity of skill development in India is around 3.1 million persons per year. The 11th Five Year Plan envisions an increase in that capacity to 15 million annually. India has target of creating 500 million skilled work force by 2022. Thus, there is a need for increasing capacity and capability of skill development programs.

Skill India Mission: This mission is going to provide training, support and guidance for all occupations which are traditional as well as industry relevant; the former being the type s like carpenters, cobblers, welders, blacksmiths, masons, tailors, weavers etc and the latter having emphasis on new areas like real estate, construction, transportation, textile, logistics, gem s & jewelry designing / setting/ polishing , banking, tourism and various other sectors, where skilled manpower are needed but skill development is inadequate or negligible. The skill development initiatives support employment generation, economic growth and social development processes. Skill India will be an integral part of comprehensive economic, labor and social policies and programs. A framework for better coordination among various Ministries, States, industry and other stakeholders will be established through the govt. policy on skill development.

Challenges and way to overcome: the major challenge of skill development initiatives is to address the needs of huge population by providing skills in order to make them employable and help them secure decent work. Skill development for persons working in the unorganized sector is a key strategy in that direction. This will also inculcate dignity of labor and create greater awareness towards environmental, safety and health concerns. This is the time for our country to set-up more standardized skill based institutions or skill development centers across the country, particularly in laggard/backward states with a view to provide equal access to all segments and sections of the society, creating a resource pool of accredited training centers equipped with proper labs and certified trainers so that the whole society gets the benefits of the skill initiatives and strategies.

SCPwD: SCPwD (Skill Council for Persons with Disability) was jointly promoted by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Confederation of Indian Industry under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).

It targets skill development of People with Disability as per industry needs besides enabling them for self-employment and entrepreneurship which can help them to be gainfully engaged and contribute to India’s growing economy.

SCPwD is committed to creating a robust and vibrant ecosystem for quality education and skill development for Persons with Disability in the country because every human being though born different, each has the ability to dream and disability is not a barrier to achieve their goals. We aspire for a successful endeavour for PwD by addressing the skilling gap, providing right tools and work environment to effectively perform their jobs. SCPwD is now poised for future growth, driven by a National Vision and outreach, with a philosophy that assigns primacy for PwD to the enterprise in the Government sector, Industry and also individual accomplishments.