Category: Skill Development

Credit Framework for Skills and Choice Based Credit System

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has reported that it has been constantly persuading the universities to introduce academic reforms like introduction of semester system, choice based credit system, grading etc. with a view to bringing about qualitative improvement in higher education in the country. Guidelines, in accordance with the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF), were also required for integrating skill and vocational development with mainstream general education in Universities and Colleges. Accordingly, the UGC has issued guidelines for Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and Credit Framework for Skill Development (CFSD). The CBCS guidelines are available at http://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/9555132_Guidelines.pdf  and CFSD at http://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/6925009_SkillNSQF.pdf.

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Strategic Partnerships is a Big Step to Scale Skilling Initiatives in India: Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy

Strategic Partnerships is a Big Step to Scale Skilling Initiatives in India: Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy

The Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy presiding over a Joint Workshop on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, in New Delhi on January 30, 2015. The Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Sunil Arora and other dignitaries are also seen.

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) initiated a strategic partnership through a joint workshop with Wadhwani Foundation with the aim to catalyse skill development and entrepreneurship initiatives of Government of India.

At the event, the Minister of State (I/C) Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that strategic partnerships with organisations that express deep interest to promote entrepreneurship and encourage skill development initiatives in India is a big step towards scaling skilling initiatives in India. He stated this cooperation has given us enough strength and support to carry forward the initiatives in this sector. The creation of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is a dream project of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, envisaging to bring under one umbrella skill development programmes currently spread across various Ministries and Departments. The outcome is to create more jobs such that people who are skilled and trained get employed and the demand of the demographic dividend of the country is satiated.

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Rajiv Pratap Rudy Calls Upon the Corporate Sector and PSUs to Participate in Skill Development Initiatives

Rajiv Pratap Rudy Calls Upon the Corporate Sector and PSUs to Participate in Skill Development Initiatives

The Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy witnessing the signing of the Tripartite Agreement between the National Skill Development fund (NSDF), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), in New Delhi on January 14, 2015.

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy today called upon the corporate sector and PSUs to contribute in the skilling initiatives of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). According to him India has focussed in the domain of education for many years and needs to now place its attention to skilling people and creating jobs such that the large demographic dividend is employed. He indicated that such an initiative requires scale that could be achieved through public-private partnerships.

The Minister said, the country is lagging behind in skill development for at least 50 to 55 years. He said, we have been focussing on education but not on skill development. The next 5 to 10 years are crucial to meet the emerging challenges in making India a great power amongst the comity of nations. He said, India has merely 2% skilled people vis-a-vis many growing and developed economies.

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Union HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani Emphasises Priority for Skills in Higher Education

Union HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani Emphasises Priority for Skills in Higher Education

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani at the Workshop on Skills in Higher Education, organised by Deptt. of Higher Education, MHRD, in New Delhi on December 06, 2014. The Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Upendra Kushwaha and other dignitaries are also seen.

The Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smt Smriti Irani emphasized the need to develop skills in Higher Education while inaugurating the Workshop on Skills in Higher Education organized by the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry in New Delhi today. She exhorted the States and the Union Territories to adopt the Credit Framework for skills and Education and the Choice Based Credit System in Universities. This would give choices to students and also provide respectability to skill programmes.

The Minister added that there would be teachers who would want to bring about change in the society and there will always be students talking about transparency and Know Your College Portal created by the Ministry of HRD to strive towards the same. The portal will help the students make informed choices, she said. Not only that, Union HRD Minister informed that some 200000 hours of lectures have been uploaded for students for various courses and disciplines.

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17.34 Million Provided Skill Development Training During the Last Three Financial Years

The Government aims at giving training in various skills at different levels to have an army of skilled workers in the country. Currently, the Government of India (GoI) is funding skill development activities through over 70 Government of India schemes spread across more than 20 Government of India Ministries, aimed at making the youth employment ready. Up to March 2014, the number of persons who had been provided skill development training during the previous three financial years was 17.34 million.

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Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari says Skill Development is a Critical Ingredient for Achieving Faster, Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Growth

Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari says Skill Development is a Critical Ingredient for Achieving Faster, Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Growth

The Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari lighting the lamp to inaugurate the ‘International Conference on Skilling in Schools’, in New Delhi on April 11, 2014.

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that Skill development is a critical ingredient for achieving faster, sustainable and inclusive economic growth. In a globalised and integrated world, skill development helps to create a workforce empowered with required skills, knowledge and internationally recognized certifications to gain access to quality employment and ensure competitiveness in the global market. It also aims at increasing the productivity and employability of the workforce and enhancing its capability to adapt to changing technologies and labour market demands. Delivering inaugural address at the "International Conference on Skilling in Schools" here today, he has said that India is blessed with the second largest working population in the world after China. It is estimated that by 2022, 63 per cent of our population will be in the working age group. This translates into a very large number in absolute terms.

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Planning Commission Approves Rs. 500 Cr per annum Scheme for “Vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education” in the 12th Five Year Plan

The Cabinet Committee on Skill Development today gave its approval for continuation and revision of the scheme "Vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education". This will be a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) under which financial assistance will be given to all State Governments /Union Territory administrations for implementation of vocational education in Government Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools and incentive will be given to Government aided and recognized private schools during the remaining period of the 12th Plan. Besides introduction of vocational education in schools, the scheme would involve capacity building of vocational education teachers / skill trainers, development of competency based curriculum and teaching material, development of MIS for monitoring and tracking students and funding of innovative practices under vocational education.

The total allocation approved by the Planning Commission for the scheme in the 12th Five Year Plan is Rs. 500 crore per annum.

Approximately two lakh students per annum are expected to benefit from the scheme during the remaining period of the 12th Five Year Plan.

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India & UK Signs MOU to Enhance the Collaboration Within the Framework of UKIERI

India & UK Signs MOU to Enhance the Collaboration Within the Framework of UKIERI

The Minister of State for Labour & Employment, Shri Kodikunnil Suresh and the Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, U.K, Mr. Mathew Hancoch in a Bilateral Meeting, in New Delhi on January 16, 2014.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Ministry of Labour & Employment (MoLE) to enhance the collaboration within the framework of UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) . The signing took pkace here in New Delhi today after a bilateral meeting held between the delegations led by between Minister of State (L&E), Government of India Shri K. Suresh, and Minister Mr. Matthew Hancock, Minister of State for Skills & Enterprise, United Kingdom.

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