The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has announced its expansion plans across 12 states in the country to support Skill India Mission — the largest human resource exercise of its kind in the world to skill 150 million Indians by 2022.
NSDC made the announcement during its 8th Partners Meet in New Delhi on Monday. Under the expansion plan, the cities where NSDC is to open offices include Guwahati, Patna, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Ranchi, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Mumbai, Jaipur, Chennai, Hyderabad and Lucknow.
The two-day event is focussed on delivery and quality. The event saw experts discussing quality of programmes under Skill India with more robust monitoring and evaluation, changes in funding guidelines, leveraging training partners for optimising the skills landscape, better industry connect and increased state government engagements.
They also discussed building sustainable and profitable business models to make skilling a viable solution for partners. Manish Kumar, MD and CEO, NSDC, said that, only consistent collaboration and convergence can further strengthen skill development initiatives in the country.
He further explained how labour capital leads to growth and how human capital can be enhanced with skill development which will then define a new growth trajectory path for the nation and its people.
“We have a highly supportive Ministry with allocation of 32,000 crore fund for next 4 years from the Government and whose clear focus is on bringing about best practices and excellence in the trainings. What we need now is some cutting edge research, some emphasis on our success cases and learnings from our failures, to be able to scale up our efforts in skill development,” Kumar said.
“With promotion of new technology platforms, introduction of new generation SDMS, expanding our international partnerships, and enhancing our engagement with State Government, we see a huge potential of sustainable growth for our partners. We are expanding, we’re moving, and we look forward to a journey with you to make this country reach its natural potential,” he added.
Jayant Krishna, ED and COO, NSDC, said, “NSDC has skilled more than 91 lakh youth cumulatively till date, 60 per cent of whom are gainfully employed.
We have already over-achieved our targets for 2016-17 for fee based trainings and are now focusing extensively on Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) as we roll out its phase 2 this year which focuses more on quality of trainings.”
“There has been an outflow of Rs 2,906 crores so far in creating this robust ecosystem recognised by industry standards. To drive quality we will now be incentivising the high performing training partners while the non–performing ones will have to be warned and asked to exit. Our focus is clearly on bringing scale, speed and quality in our endeavours to achieve the goal that we have set for ourselves,” he added.
NSDC is a unique public-private partnership (PPP), with 51 per cent equity held by private sector and the balance 49 per cent by the Central government.
Formed in 2010, NSDC is a professionally run not-for-profit company that includes 39 sector skill councils and over 267 training partners with over 4,021 training centres spread across more than 500 districts in the country.