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India-EU Skill Development Project

New Delhi: Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the India-EU project is a technical assistance project for vocational training under which experts provided by the EU provide advice and guidance on implementation of National Skills Qualifications Framework, setting up Labour Market Information System and capacity building of the National Skills Development Authority, three State Skill Development Missions and six Sector Skills Councils. The various trainings provided by the India-EU skills development project include: i. Modular Training Programme for NSQF Stakeholders: 3 modules delivered to date. All 12 modules to be delivered by the end of May 2015. 25 Participants nominated by concerned Institutions. ii. NSDA Strategic orientation and Training needs analysis. Training sessions conducted for NSDA staff on National Qualifications Frameworks, LMIS, Training of Trainers. iii. Study visit to France and Germany on the National Qualifications Framework in these countries- Report produced for this visit. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, the partner organisations involved in the project are: i. The National Skill Development Agency; ii. Ministry of Labour and Employment (DGET and NCVT); iii. Ministry of Human Resource Development iv. National Skill Development Corporation; v. Six Sector Skills Councils for Plumbing, Beauty & Wellness, Logistics and Transportation, Capital Goods, Construction and Healthcare; vi. Three State Skills Development Missions of Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Employability of Trained Persons Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) had an evaluation study conducted by the World Bank of five national level skill development programs (SDPs). The objective was to understand and learn from the performance of these five SDPs in the states of Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and to generate lessons that can benefit all stakeholders in their efforts towards workforce development in India. The five programmes chosen for the study were: I. Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment II. The Swarn Jayanti Grameen Rojgar Yojana and its successor scheme Aajeevika Skills of the Ministry of Rural Development III. Rural Self Employment Training Institute (RSETI) of the Ministry of Rural Development IV. Skill Training for Employment Promotion amongst Urban Poor (STEP-UP) component of Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviatio V. Training provided by training providers who have been funded by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, as per the interim findings of the report, 27% of candidates enrolled in the above skill development programmes find employment. Some of the reasons for non-employment include resistance to migration, pursuit of higher education etc. He said, the Government has taken various steps to ensure employability of the skilled persons. The recent amendments to the Apprentices Act, 1961, would facilitate the industry’s ability to take on apprentices. The Government has notified the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) to integrate general and vocational streams of education, which will facilitate and make transparent, the various pathways of mobility, both within and between general and vocational streams. The NSQF would ensure that each level is defined in terms of competencies that would need to be achieved.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is serving as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, the university which controlling 440 colleges of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy & Architecture colleges in Gujarat.

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