Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is a public private entity under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship which is working in private space to create training capacities across the country. As on date, it has got 187 training partners with 2930 centres across 474 districts in the country.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Rudy said, the Directorate General of Employment and Training (DGET) under the Ministry of Labour and Employment has a network of 11,972 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) (2284 Government ITIs and 9688 Private ITIs) having an annual seat capacity of 16.94 lakh as on 02.01.2015. Further, setting up of new ITIs under DGET or new training centres by training partners of NSDC, is a continuous process guided by demand.
The Minister said, there are over 20 Central Ministries/Departments involved in implementation of more than 70 schemes for various skill development/entrepreneurship programmes. These Schemes have provisions for equal access to skill development for all social groups including those in tribal areas. Moreover, there are few schemes of Ministry of Tribal Affairs which are exclusively for tribals. These are:- (i) Skill Development Programme implemented through National Scheduled Tribe Finance and Development Corporation, (ii) TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation) – Skill Development/upgradation and capacity building for MFPs (Minor Forest Producers), (iii) Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub Plan and (iv) TRIFED- Skill Development/upgradation and capacity building for Handicrafts/Handlooms.