National Skill Development Corporation to expedite skill development initiatives in Assam
In an attempt to extend more opportunities to the youth of Assam, the largest state in the North-East region, the Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) & National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), S. Ramadorai, met the newly-elected chief minister of the state, Sarbananda Sonowal to fast track the skill development initiatives in the state.
Ramadorai shared NSDC’s plan of setting up a regional office in Guwahati to make sure focused implementation of skill development initiatives in the State, magnify mass awareness campaigns and ensure better coordination with the state government. Sharing about the discussions in the meeting, Ramadorai stated: “Assam Government is completely aligned with the goals of Skill India and we are certain to see some great support in creating a successful skill development model in the State. Hon’ble Chief Minister highlighted that it is crucial to leverage the demographic advantage and assured NSDC with all the necessary support, which will scale up skill development efforts in Assam.”
Stressing upon the importance of skill development, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal shared: “We have decided to intensify skill development efforts in the state so as to ease out the problem of unemployment. We have assured NSDC to help them with the necessary infrastructure for creation of state-of-the-art training centres in the State.”
Assam’s Minister of Labour & Employment, Pallab Lochan Das said that they would work hand in hand with NSDA and NSDC to upgrade the skills of youth of Assam, so that they can get meaningful employment including self-employment. To consolidate all skill development activities undertaken by the State including Central Government schemes, the Government of Assam has decided to start a department exclusively for skill development. The Assam government will create a dynamic database of unemployed youths and various skill development avenues.
Notably, leading corporates like Castrol, Bosch, Tata Motors and others have partnered with ITIs in Assam at Nagaon, Tinsukia and Rowta in PPP mode and to develop the ITIs into state-of-the-art skilling centres. These engagements have propelled the increase of training capacity by three times. Besides, driving simulators were also installed in the ITIs. At the Women ITI in Guwahati, a partnership was enabled with Lakme for training and placement of female candidates in Lakme Salons. This shows how the PPP engagement has already resulted in increasing the employability of youth in Assam.
During the meeting Shri Ranjit Barthakur, Chairman FICCI North East Advisory Council said, “FICCI has been working closely with NSDA and NSDC in taking forward the skill development initiative under various schemes. While it is important to address the skill gaps and create an employable workforce, it is more important to provide employment opportunities and that is where FICCI can play a vital role in partnership with the Government.”
“The potential for skilling and employment could be anywhere between 2 to 4 million youths within 5 years,” he further added.
Shri Jayant Krishna,CEO, NSDC said, “We have so far covered 21 district of Assam through its 98 affiliated centres of training partners to extend skill development opportunities to local youth making them more employable. There are focus sectors identified which offer these courses to the local youth. These sectors include Agriculture, Apparel Sector Skill Council, Auto and Auto components, Banking and Financial Services, Building, Construction and Real Estate Services, Capital Goods, Healthcare, Informal Sectors, IT and ITES, Media and Entertainment, Organized Retail, Security, Telecom, Textiles and Clothing, Tourism and Hospitality Services.”
Skill India’s flagship scheme of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is a financial reward scheme to promote the youth to opt for skill development. There have been 32,000 students enrolled under the PMKVY scheme in 2015-16 for free training to students in Assam. NSDC also conducted several Kaushal Melas to mobilise the youth in Assam. Under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), NSDC trained 2225 personnel in Assam in 2015-16.
National Skill Development Corporation, through its skill ecosystem will ensure that the academic programmes run in Assam are aligned to the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) which is a competency based framework that organises all qualifications according to a series of levels of knowledge, skills and aptitude. NSDC will also check quality training and execution of the structured skill development programme.