COVID-19 impact: Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship switches to online mode

COVID-19 impact: Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship switches to online mode

The Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship R.K. Singh in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Friday mentioned that the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) through National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is imparting on-line skilling through 'e-SkillIndia' platform amid COVID-19 lockdown.

Further, the Ministry of Home Affairs has permitted the conduct of skill training programmes in physical form from September 21, 2020, onwards. Accordingly, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) has been issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) for restarting the training.

Under PMKVY, as on March 17, this year, 42.02 lakh and 33.66 lakh candidates have been trained and certified, respectively, under Short Term Training (STT) courses.

Out of these certified candidates, 17.54 lakh candidates have been provided with placement. Also, 49.12 lakh candidates who already have the informal skills but are not formally certified have been oriented under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) component of the scheme.

Various initiatives have been taken to enhance the placement of certified candidates. 

Some of the major initiatives are as follows:

• Training Providers, as well as Training Centres (TPs/TCs), have to organize Rozgar Melas with the support of Sector Skill Councils;

• the Last tranche of payment i.e. 20% of total training funds to TPs/TCs is based on the placement of certified candidates;

• Additional incentives are given to TPs/TCs for placing candidates above the minimum required level;

• Allocation of fresh targets to TPs/TCs is based on their placement performance.

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