NSDC plans to speed up Center Accreditation and Affiliation process


NSDC has taken major steps in ensuring quality of various skill development programs from the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) such as PMKVY. The Accreditation and Affiliation process followed by NSDC through SMART portal ensures stringent measures to approve the services of a training partner. Since quality of the outcome determines the effectiveness of the program and affects the placement and employability ratio, NSDC has decided to speed up its quality control initiatives by involving private agencies along with the ongoing processes implemented by Quality Council of India (QCI).

Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), the flagship outcome-based scheme of Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), aims to deliver high quality training and improve the placement opportunities for the candidates. The scheme aims at standardising the training infrastructure across the country in order to meet certain minimum guidelines. The Quality Council of India (QCI) have been assisting NSDC in operationalising end-to-end centre accreditation and affiliation process through a web based solution for Center Accreditation, Affiliation and Continuous Monitoring called SMART.

NSDC AccreditationMore than 4,500 training partners have registered over 10,000 centres on SMART. Nearly, 6,100 centres have been inspected, of which around 4,100 centres have been recommended for accreditation by QCI. The inspection which aims to cover the entire country also has had its share of challenges at various stages of Accreditation and Affiliation process during initial months.

Given the magnitude of work, speed and accuracy of inspection expected and resolve of the government to implement PMKVY at speed and scale, NSDC has decided to take on board additional private agencies for inspection of Training Partners. Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC said, “While QCI has assisted in accrediting 4,100 training centres in the last 9 months, we have realized managing such a large mandate will require consolidated effort of multiple agencies for strengthening our Center Accreditation and Affiliation process. We have discussed existing challenges with top management of QCI, who have assured us to resolve the issues and further improve turnaround time. We are satisfied that QCI will work at a faster pace, collaboratively to improve the process of inspection as we go forward in areas assigned to them”.

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(This article is based on a press release on behalf of NSDC)


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