Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches ‘Skill India’ initiative on Wednesday, the groundwork has already begun with the government roping in the public sector units to take the initiative forward. The ministry of heavy industries and public enterprises has asked all the PSUs under it to prepare modules and provide training to youths in their respective sectors, for which funds would be allocated to them.
“Huge fund has been earmarked for the skilling initiative by the PSUs. Many PSUs have restarted their training centres following the orders. They have been asked to provide both high-end and low-level skilling to cater to all kinds of demand. It is proving to be successful,” a senior government told The Indian Express.
The government has set a target of training 40.2 crore people under the new National Policy for Skill Development by 2022, which will be unveiled by the Prime Minister on Wednesday.
He will also launch the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, as well at the high-octane event to mark the World Youth Skills Day. The earlier National Skill Policy, announced by the UPA government in 2009, had targeted skilling 50 crore people by 2022.
Following the circular, PSUs such as HMT have restarted its training centre for both conventional training on machinery like milling and grinding alongside the high-end training on Computer Numerically Controlled Machines where the human intervention is minimal.
“We earlier had HMT International, the training centre that was later shut. However, ever since the order, the training centre has been reopened and we have also prepared the new module. We are training diploma and degree holders, giving apprentice training and are also planning to bring international faculty to skill youths,” a senior official from HMT said.
The loss-making PSU has so far trained around 200 people, the official said adding that more capacity is being added. “The programme has got impetus after the new government came to power,” the official added.
The PMKVY is touted to be a demand-driven, reward-based skill training scheme that will incentivise skill training by providing financial rewards to candidates who successfully complete approved skill training programmes.
Over the next one year, some 24 lakh youths would be skilled across the country. Further, the government has also assured that even people working in unorganised sector will also be recognised through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
This is likely to give them a chance to be assessed and certified for the skills that they already possess.
The aim is to certify 10 lakh youths under RPL over the next one year.