Skill Development News Digest – 310116


Given a choice between the positive news and the negative news, we prefer to listen to the positive one first, right? So, on the positive side, according to media reports, the CSR spend on education and skill development tops of list of India Inc’s contributions at Rs 2250. On the negative side, India slips down to 89th rank in talent competitiveness, as per the annual GTC Index released by INSEAD business school in partnership with Adecco Group and the Human Capital Leadership Institute of Singapore. On the engineering education front, according to a report by Aspiring Minds, 80% of the 1,50,000 engineering students are unemployable, with reference to those graduated in 2015 from 650 colleges in India.

Skill-development-news-IndiaNews from the states

  • Assam: In Guwahati, a workshop was held to hone artisans’ skills in the handloom industry on new designs and weaving patterns.
  • Maharashtra: 150 trainees will undergo short term training at the Maulana Azad Center while 1900 be trained in the field of their choice.
    In a significant move, Maharashtra government and Tata Trust sign an MoU to set up skill development and vocational training centres in 10 districts and equip the 100 ITI s with virtual classrooms.
    In Kolhapur, the directorate of vocational education and training (DVET) will introduce new skill development courses that will provide training in Direct-to-home (DTH) and smartphone repairing.
    Mumbai based Gems Education enters into training and skill development to offer pan-India programs in industry needs with students’ career goals.
  • Kolkata: Globsyn Skills hosted an event in partnership with NSDC to recognize and reward 1100 trainees.
    Kolkata-based hospital Medica is partnering with HED healthcare and GE healthcare to start a healthcare skill development programme in the state
  • Jammu and Kashmir: First skill development center inaugurated in Srinagar; it will offer skill based training in saffron processing, traditional embroidery, food processing, tourism, handicrafts, information technology, electronic hardware, plumbing etc
  • Tripura: A training center will be set up for traditional leather entrepreneur, footwear artisans of Tripura to train them on latest machines and with scientific knowledge.
  • Odisha: Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC) signs an MoU with National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) for Skill Development in Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM).
  • Kerala: Cochin University will partner with the government to enhance students’ employability through courses in computer science, electronics and tourism.
  • Tamil Nadu: Gandhigram Rural Institute (GRI) in Madurai will offer B.Voc courses in Footwear Designing and Accessories, and Farm Machinery and Equipment Operations.
  • Gujarat: GSFC University, Vadodara, has signed an MoU with Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute (MGLI) Ahmedabad, for setting up a National Institute for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  • Karnataka: Manipal Foundation and UK-based skill development agency City & Guilds Group, announced a joint programme for scholarships in vocational education and training.
  • Telangana: In Mahabubnagar, District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) in collaboration with Employment Guarantee Marketing Mission (EGMM) is training youth to prepare for Army and Police recruitments.

Industry sectors

  • eCommerce: Flipkart has teamed up with last-mile delivery partner dPronto to strengthen its delivery system with skilled delivery boys.
  • Telecom: Ericsson will partner with a public-private partnership run skills development group to train at least 1,500 of its workforce on Airtel’s 4G network.
  • Aviation: Aviation skills will soon have a road map for skill development as the Ministry of Civil Aviation has hired ICRA Management Consultancy Services Ltd. (IMaCS) to undertake a comprehensive skill gap analysis of the sector.
  • Information Technology: The demand for upskilled IT talent is emphasized by the industry to address the job needs in the area of technology and automation.


  • 10 lakh students will get engineering skills training within next 3 years for enhancing employability. This includes all the AICTE approved engineering and polytechnic colleges in the country.
  • To facilitate dignified livelihood for beggars and able-bodied destitutes,the central government is coming up with a scheme to provide health, shelter and skill based training.
  • The MUDRA scheme will benefit 7 crore entrepreneurs by providing assistance through banks to youth to launch themselves as entrepreneurs and explore self-employment options.
  • MSDE and DoT sign an MoU for skill development in telecom sector. This will address the needs for skilled workforce in this sector while increasing employment and enhancing employability along with new avenues for entrepreneurship.
  • The rural development ministry has identified 152 blocks to set up initiate the Startup Village Entrepreneurship Programme. This is aimed at helping small enterprises in handicrafts, handlooms and other sectors.

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

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