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1.04 crore skilled in 2015-16 under Skill India Mission: Rudy

In the current arrangement, 60 percent of the trainings are directly under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship while 40 percent are across other Central Ministries.

Rudy further elaborated on the endeavors and achievements made under the Skill India programme saying that in the last two years, the skill training and development ecosystem has seen transformational change through concerted efforts in terms of initiatives such as PMKVY, new ITIs with private/ industry partnership, infusion of new ideas and finance through World Bank assistance, a paradigm shift in entrepreneurship education and development, amendments in Apprenticeship Act for increasing opportunities for the youth etc.

He said, together, these have for the first time, brought in a new focus to skill development in the country.

Emphasizing the need to have better connect of skills with employability, Rudy mentioned that provision of a skilled workforce is a pre-requisite for a growing economy and success of various other initiative of the government such as Make in India, Digital India, Smart Cities, rapid highway constructions etc. and his ministry will ensure endeavors in this direction.

He said, there have been MoUs with Central Ministries (including Railways, Defence, Health, Telecom, Power, Coal) to leverage existing infrastructure and opportunities for skill development across sectors. He said, 52 Skill Centres in Railway premises have been identified so far, of which 12 are already operational.

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