News Bytes from NSN – Quick updates on skill development and Vocational Training


Here are some key News Bytes covering various happenings and updates in the industry, government and other stakeholders in the skilling and VET space. This also includes business and job opportunities from government and private organizations. The News Bytes curated and adapted from various sources* with the sole objective of keeping our readers informed about the evolving skills industry in India and how they can be a part of it.

News from the Industry

Candidates skilled through PMKVY courses will get preference in Goa airport jobs

The Goa government is planning to make it mandatory for the promoters of the under-construction Mopa Greenfield airport to give priority to those persons who have been certified under the PMKVY scheme for jobs.

Skill development in maritime logistics to be provided by MSDC, placement expected 1,050 students per year

A Multi Skill Development Centre (MSDC) for maritime logistics at JNPT was inaugurated which will provide placement to over 1,050 students every year in the port and shipping sector.

Roca and Indian Plumbing Skills Council pave Way for Skilled Female Plumbers on International Women’s Day

We are Water Foundation, the CSR wing of Roca, has partnered with Indian Plumbing Skills Council operating under NSDC, to train 700 women and a total of 1600 beneficiaries across India in the field of plumbing which is conventionally a male-dominated field.

Simplilearn and NSDC sign pact for accreditation of digital courses

Training provider Simplilearn has signed a pact with NSDC to upskill a wider section of learners in digital technology skills.

The country’s organised woodworking industry is expected to cross USD 32 billion in 2019

The sixth edition of the woodworking industry’s biennial event, DelhiWood 2019 organised by NuernbergMesse, in cooperation with PDA Trade Fairs, was held in Greater Noida. The woodworking industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Indian economy.

Microsoft aids in accelerating India’s Swachh Bharat Mission through its skill development platform

Microsoft India has joined hands with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) to deploy Microsoft’s Project Sangam for training functionaries and officers across India on Swachh Bharat e-Learning Portal.

Skill Development News March 2019News from Training Providers and Academia

According to a report stipends for apprentices are higher than minimum wages

TeamLease Skills University said the growing demand for skilled talent coupled with revisions in the Apprentice Act has created a positive impact on the apprenticeship eco-system.

Sona Yukti gets global award for imparting skills to youth

Bangalore based skill development and training institute Sona Yukti was given the social enterprise network (SEN) sustainability award for education. The award was presented by Young Presidents Organisation to CEO of Sona Yukti at its annual event held in Cape Town, South Africa

Bhartiya Skill Development University signs MoU with FLEECA India

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by BSDU and Fleeca India Pvt. Ltd. in Jaipur to impart training and develop entrepreneurial qualities in the students in the emerging area of tire maintenance services.

CM inaugurates Skill College in Ranchi

The first skill college in the State at Nagratoli locality in Ranchi was inaugurated by the CM. The college has been established by PreJHA Foundation and State Government to give residential training in different vocational trades to 360 girls.

Vishwakarma varsity and NITTTR sign pact for skill activities

A Memorandum of Understating was signed between Shri Vishwakarma Skill University (SVSU) and National Institute of Technical Teacher’s Training and Research (NITTTR) to ensure purposeful engagement of faculty, experts and industry partners for various academic activities.

NSTI starts short course on application development with minimal coding to make students employable

The National Skill Training Institute (NSTI) signed an MoU with software company Zoho to provide a 6-day course that includes 12 hours of soft skills training on how to use the Zoho Creator, a low-code programming platform, to build applications. This skill training will provide students with the capacity to create apps for their businesses without facing any programming difficulties.

CSR and skill development

ICICI Academy to offer free skill training to the youth of UP

ICICI Academy for Skills (ICICI Academy) opened its 26th centre in Gorakhpur, which will offer free skill training to the youth from economically weaker sections of Uttar Pradesh. It will train 320 youths annually.

India’s CSR spend tops Rs 50,000 crore

According to a report on CSR the cumulative spending on corporate social responsibility (CSR) has shot past the Rs 50,000 crore mark in just four years since the legislative mandate was implemented.

News from the Government

Government intends to give skill vouchers to make youth more skilful

The government is planning to issue skill vouchers or skill wallets to incentivise youths for undertaking skilling programme of their choice.

News from the States

Odisha : The Odisha Skill Development Authority signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with Tata Community Initiative Trust and Cisco to strengthen the skill ecosystem in the state.

Andhra Pradesh: Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd-run Skill Development Institute has launched a new extension centre at Vizianagaram to exclusively conduct overseas job-oriented courses. The centre will train over 300 trainees at any point of time.

Himachal Pradesh: The government is stressing on skill upgradation of the youth of the State in order to provide trained and skilled workforce for ensuring that they become job providers instead of job seekers. Foundation was laid for a new National Skill Training Institute (NSTI) in Himachal Pradesh.

Assam: Assam government in collaboration with ITE Education Services (ITEES), Singapore has set up North East Skill Centre (NESC) in Guwahati to produce skilled manpower.

Nagaland: Nagaland government has started imparting skill training to the youths under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikah Yojana (PMKVY) scheme in the aviation and hospitality sectors

Karnataka: NASSCOM is in talks with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to fund part of the skilling service platform it plans to open up for general use for training in new skills like IOT, RPA, Cloud computing etc.

Delhi: All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has announced some major amendments in the existing rules for technical education which will help in improving the curriculum, faculty roles and research programmes in technical institutes across the country.

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