NSDC is to skill 150 million people 2022
Nksagar-Sagar Media Inc: New Delhi:
National Skill Development Mission, comprising a comprehensive skill development programme with a target to achieve 500 million skilled persons by the year 2022. A three-tier institutional structure has been set up with a National Council headed by the Prime Minister for policy direction and review of skill development efforts in the country.
Finance Minister Mr Mukherjee said -A National Skill Development Coordination Board-under the chairmanship of Deputy Chairman Planning Commission to enumerate strategies to implement the decisions of PM’s council and a National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), a non-profit company under the Companies Act, 1956 being funded by the trust, namely, “National Skill Development Fund” are the other components. The objective of NSDC is to skill/upskill 150 million people in India including persons from rural areas by the year 2022, mainly by fostering private sector initiatives in skill development programmes.
The Corporation is also mandated with formation and governance of the Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) involving private sector. Sector Skills Councils will play a key role in development of curriculum, certification and accreditation that meet industry standards. I hope the co-operation of the private sector will help in making the skill development mission a success.
The pursuit of the vision requires that our economy becomes globally competitive, an economy that is efficient and cost effective, where the resources - man made as well as natural - are optimally and sustainably used. This alone can facilitate a high growth rate of the economy and hence opportunities for people over long period of time. We have made significant strides in unshackling and reforming our economic policy framework and the Indian industry has demonstrated that it can compete with the best in the world, yet the process is far from complete.
There are issues such as bottlenecks in the availability and quality of physical infrastructure, inadequacy of regulatory institutions in areas where private sector is coming up as a major player, rule of law and the larger issue of governance reforms that have a direct bearing on the competitive character of our economy and need to be addressed on a priority. More importantly, the success in addressing some of these issues at the national level has to be urgently replicated at the State and sub-State level.
Another element in this vision is to build a spatially evolved and regionally balanced Indian economy. A country of more than 1 billion persons cannot be led by growth in a few sectors or a few cities and regions of the country in a sustainable manner. With nearly two-third of the population still living in the rural areas it is important for the economy to reach out to these people and provide opportunities to them from the ongoing economic expansion at their door steps. This is essential not only for strengthening the inclusive character of the growth process, but also for anticipating and addressing the demographic issues associated with unplanned urbanization.
Finally, our economy has to be technologically innovative if we are to realise this vision of inclusive development. It requires supporting and sustaining basic research and technological innovations, and adapting and applying the products of this research and innovation in supporting and enhancing the wellbeing of the Aam Admi. Ours is a large economy with multiple problems that cannot all be resolved with a business as usual approach or by merely scaling up the existing interventions and available solutions. We have to be innovative and locate technological solutions to many of our persistent problems. We have to increase our spending on research and technology upgradation. This is where the Indian industry would need to take a lead.
The most critical factor in realizing our vision is the human element be it at the level of leadership or at the level of a common worker on the floor of the factories, or in the fields and construction sites. We would need the right kind of expertise and skills at all levels. Personally, I attach the highest importance to skill development to ensure that the country benefits meaningfully from its imminent demographic dividend. It is not an easy task, but the Government is conscious of the steps that need to be taken to translate the contours of this vision into a reality. Indeed, it has been steadily moving in that direction since its last tenure.Added FM