The NDA government’s flagship skill development programme — the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana — is aimed at mobilising a large number of youth to take up skill training and increase productivity of the existing workforce by aligning their training and certificate to the needs of the nation. Encouraging standardisation in the certification process and initiate a process of creating a registry of skills, alongside providing Monetary Awards for Skill Certification, are among the objectives.
As on July 22, 2015 the 25 participating Sector Skill Council (SSCs) enrolled 2.12 lakh candidates and have already affiliated more than 712 trainings partners and approved 5,176 training centres. The candidates have been enrolled for 201 job roles in 29 states and 4 Union Territories.
The scheme targets to benefit 24 lakh people with training of 14 lakh fresh entrants and certification of 10 lakh people under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). The total outlay is Rs 1,500 crore. Funds are not released to states but to the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), the implementing agency.