The 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD 2017) being held in Bengaluru from 7th – 9th January 2017 saw an important announcement about skilling the youth for overseas employment. Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi stated that “Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY)” would be an exclusive program to train Indians seeking jobs abroad. It will train them in suitable skill sets that address the requirements in communication, trade specific knowledge and skills along with cultural orientation.
Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY)
- The short term program (of 2 weeks to one month) will prepare the candidates holistically in taking up challenging assignments in different countries with confidence and meet transnational skill requirements.
- The program could be of great help to blue collar workers who get an opportunity to acquire professional skills and be able to communicate in the foreign language, besides getting skilled in particular trades.
PKVY is a skill development initiative by the Ministry of External Affairs. The MEA and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for its implementation. The scheme will be implemented by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) through its training partners in consultation with MEA and MSDE.
Earlier in July 2016, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for implementation of the Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY).
PKVY is a skill development initiative of the MEA in partnership with the MSDE and is aimed at training and certification of Indian workforce keen on overseas employment in select sectors and job roles, in line with international standards, to facilitate overseas employment opportunities.
The scheme will be implemented by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) through its Training Partners in consultation with MEA and MSDE.
As part of collaboration, potential emigrant workers may avail work related skill training under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) or any other similar Government skill development program, which would take place at transnational standards. MSDE through NSDC proposes to establish customised International Skill Centres to operationalise this initiative.
MEA’s role would be to support Pre-Departure Orientation Training (PDOT), which will include language and soft skills training modules. Training offered will also be backed by an internationally recognised assessment and certification system.
(This article is based on current news from various media and a Press Release (July 2016) from MEA , Government of India)