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Industry exalts Govt’s Skill India Campaign

Sanjeev Duggal, CEO and MD, Centum Learning said, “Skilling is akin to evangelizing in India. We are happy that our Prime Minister is personally leading the Skilling movement which has been recognized as an agent of social and economic transformation in India. Centum Learning in partnership with the Ministry of Skills and Entrepreneurship, will skill a sizable percentage of the 2.4 million youth to be trained under the PMKVY scheme, considering that we have a scalable model to skill nearly 0.2 million people each year.  We have already successfully mobilized more than 25,000 people only in Bihar in just a week’s time, where we piloted the launch of a mass outreach campaign through mobile telephony.”

Miriam J. Carter, Director, OPJCC  on the government’s Skill India initiative said, “The vision of Skilled India is bold, grand, noble yet realistic. Given global youth unemployment, India stands poised to teach the rest of the world much needed lessons on how to bridge skills gaps to get Indians working.

The National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) and increasing harmonization as well as coordination of myriad skills initiatives under the new Ministry of Skills and Entrepreneurship promise equal opportunity to quality skills training. The endeavor is to make skill development platforms accessible and affordable focusing on youth especially girls, and women from rural India where the majority of the population resides.

“By providing skills for all – school drop-outs to the educated yet unemployable – leading to real employment, the nation will be transformed and inclusive development realized.  A skilled India, for the people, of the people, by the people will make India flourish,” she said.

Dr. Santanu Paul, CEO and MD, TalentSprint said, “For decades as a nation, we have embraced the syntax of education but not its semantics, thereby creating a full blown crisis today for our youth, employers, and India.  Barely 5% of our workforce is certifiably skilled, unlike China and the developed world where it is well over 45%. While it may be too late to lament what went wrong, it is not too early to get an effective remedy in place.

He said, “In essence, we must find a way to maximize the synergies between the Digital India and Skilled India. The urgent need of the hour is to use technology to create skill programs that are accessible by skill seekers across the country through digital means, including web browsers, mobiles, and tablets. Given the infinite scalability of cloud-based platforms, this more than any chalk-and-talk classroom will have exponential impact.”

NIIT Limited has welcomed the Skill India Campaign launched by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi today. The Prime Minister also formally launched the “National Skill Development Mission”, unveiled the new “National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015”, and rolled out on all-India basis the Ministry’s flagship scheme, “Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana – PMKVY,”  – the pilot phase of which has already begun.

Towards making Skill India a success, NIIT today committed to train 10 Million young Indians across 16 sectors over the next 5 years. The aim is to skill, re-skill and up-skill Indian youth with employable skill sets across multiple sectors.

Further, NIIT Yuva Jyoti Limited– a joint venture of NIIT and NSDC, has enrolled 1550 students under the pilot phase of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), across three sectors – Telecom, Retail & IT in North East, Jammu &Kashmir and Jharkhand. PMKVY Scheme is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), implemented by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Today the successfully trained students were also handed over the ‘Skill Certificates’ by Shivan Bhargava, Group President, Skills & Careers Group, NIIT Ltd. at a ceremony organized at the NIIT corporate office in Gurgaon.

Speaking on the launch of Skill India Campaign, Rahul Patwardhan, CEO, NIIT Ltd. said, “This is indeed a commendable initiative and NIIT will work together with the government to make Skill India a success. To aptly leverage our young population to the best advantage, we need to provide them with necessary skill-sets and make them employable, and this policy aims to do just that. The challenge that we are faced with is not just quantity of fresh skilling and re-skilling – but even more the need for the skilling to be of global quality standards to ensure that the Indian industry is globally competitive.”

“Over the last 34 years NIIT has contributed tremendously to the IT sector by training 35 million people in IT.  With NIIT’s strong heritage and focus on quality it is our responsibility to extend that experience and expertise to service the need of India in all the other sectors. All our NIIT centres are now multi-skilling centres offering job-specific training across verticals. Also, we will leverage the power of technology through Synchronous Learning Technology (SLT) and cloud campus platforms to scale rapidly without compromising on quality. Going forward our focus will be on skilling, re-skilling and up-skilling in sectors that are facing shortage of trained manpower.”

“We aim to provide industry and job specific training to around 10 Million young Indians across 16 sectors over the next five years, thus helping create a pool of job-ready work-force for the country,” added Patwardhan.

Earlier in 2011, NIIT entered into a significant public-private partnership with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), to enhance skills and employability for youth across India. NIIT Yuva Jyoti Limited – joint venture of NIIT and NSDC (a Public Private Partnership under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, with 49% equity held by the Government of India), aims to provide skills training through over 1500 + centres across India.

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