Skill Development News Digest 010417


FY 2018 has just begun and we hope the year augurs well for all the skill-based training initiatives in India. While it still too early to predict, this fiscal is sure to see the strengthening of various efforts from the government, the industry and the training partners. Catching the headlines this fortnight was news like setting up of skill universities and concerns raised by MHRD, a requirement of additional 4.7 million skilled workers in telecom by FY22 and the appreciation for private sector participation in skill development by honourable Minister Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy in an interview with Business Today. Let’s get updated with happenings in various states and industry sectors. Here’s updating you with the next edition of skill development news digest 010417.


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News from the states

Assam: North Eastern India-CLMV business summit was organized at Guwahati under the aegis of Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC), in association with International Chamber for Service Industry. The meeting emphasized on joint efforts by the government and private sectors to tap the abundant natural resources of North East India for socio-industrial development.

Delhi: (1) Assocom India, in partnership with Tamilnadu Bakers’ Federation of India conducted Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for bakers. It will take up RPL in other states and corporates with Bakery Association of Kerela (BAKE) , Gujarat Bakery Federation India (GFBI) and ITC Ltd –  Food Division for their workers. (2) Coca cola and FSSAI to train 50000 vendors in serving safe and hygienic street food under the theme of selling safe and nutritious food.

“Over 2 million students who graduate from 13,000 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) every year will be certified on par with class X, XII. The government proposes to set up a separate board on the lines of CBSE for this purpose….Consequently, the UGC, CBSE, AICTE, NCERT, AIU (Association of Indian Universities) and state education Boards will be informed that the NCVT has been authorised to conduct academic examinations for ITI pass outs and award Xth and XIIth certificates which should be honoured by all educational institutions to provide further opportunities for higher studies.” (source Daily News and Analysis)

Kerala: Kochi Metro has imparted skill training program to 23 transgenders in computer training, housekeeping, hospitality, front office management, counselling, fire and safety, security practices, basic English and soft skills.

Maharashtra: (1) Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd signed an MOU with the Maharashtra government to promote the Skill India Program and adopted the ITI at Igatpuri in Nashik to equip the local youth with necessary technical skills for better employability. (2) Sankhya Infotech partners with Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) to provide online and digital training to professionals across India. (3) Symbiosis Group to establish first Skill University in private sector in Pune.

Meghalaya: BSF launched orientation program on  skill development for residents of Indo-Bangla border under Meghalaya sector. The purpose is to prevent youth from indulging in illegal and unproductive activities. Partnering with Meghalaya State Skill Development, BSF has identified 33 youths from bordering districts of East Khasi Hills and East Jaintia Hills districts.

Nagaland: NSDC and Amazon India to empower women entrepreneurs digitally in Nagaland to market and sell products internationally as a part of Project Saheli.

Punjab: (1) Punjab Skill Development Mission inaugurates a Multi Skill Development Centre in Jalandhar to train more than 1700 youth. The center is operated by IL&FS. (2) Kanya Maha Vidyalaya, Jalandhar organized 2-day International Conference on Skill Development in Education under the aegis of Kaushal Kendra awarded by MHRD, Government of India.

Rajasthan: Participating in the CII’s `Skills & HR Conclave’ Jaipur, NSDC MD and CEO Manish Kumar spoke about the creation of skills index to rank all districts in India.

Telangana: Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) and IISc partner to provide solar PV and CSP-based training and smart micro-grid training for unemployed youth at the institute for skill development of unemployed youth. BDL will contribute Rs 1 crore towards this initiative.

Uttar Pradesh: ASSOCHAM organized a National Conference on Skill Development with the theme “Transforming Youth through Skilling in Uttar Pradesh” on 24th of March at Lucknow with participation from the state government, NSDC, industry representatives and training partners.

West Bengal: Hyundai Motor India Ltd partners with Dr. Sudhir Chandra Sur Degree Engineering College, Kolkata to inaugurate Hyundai Professional Development Center under CSR activities. The objective is to support polytechnics with industry relevant curriculum and training.

News from the industry sectors

Apparel sector: (1) IL&FS Skills Development Corporation Ltd (IL&FS Skills) and NSDC launched Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme for Sewing Machine Operators at Poppys Knitwear Pvt Ltd, Karnataka. (2) In Andhra Pradesh, IL&FS will conduct RPL at MAS Akshya factory located at Chintavaram, Chilakur, Nellore.

IT-ITeS Sector: NASSCOM Foundation and Aricent launched ‘ARISE’ to conduct on-campus training program in 16 Tier-2 and Tier-3 engineering colleges foundation to impart employable skills to 3400 engineering students across Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Delhi-NCR regions in one year.

Rubber Sector: Rubber Skill Development Council (RSDC) will conduct RPL for 8000 candidates through assessment, training and certification.

The news is compiled from different sources by Team-NSN.

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