Keen on an unified approach for skill development for which initiatives are spread across over two dozen ministries, the cabinet secretariat has now made the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship the nodal ministry for all such efforts.
“It is advised that ministries and departments invariably consult the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship on all matters relating to skill development while formulating proposals for consideration of the cabinet and its committees,” said a recent missive by the cabinet secretariat.
Earlier, all government ministries involved in skilling were mandated to discuss their proposals with the National Skill Development Agency, which has now been subsumed in the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship.
With a focus on Skill India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set up the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship, which is responsible for coordinating and implementing vocational training courses across the country.
But with 20 Central ministries and departments including the ministry of labour, rural development, textiles and human resources development involved in imparting skills, more coordination is required as they have till now been independently running their schemes.
The move is especially significant given that the ministry of skill development is already in talks with other government departments and agencies to roll out the National Skills Mission. The proposed National Skills Mission is expected to consolidate skill initiatives spread across several ministries to enable standardised procedures and outcomes across 31 Sector Skill Councils.
The skills ministry is also in talks across sectors to prepare a curriculum for skill development programmes across the country and rationalise the number so skilling schemes in the country.