i-KVK scheme was launched in 2014-15 with a mission statement of skilling the industry, by the industry, for the industry and beyond on specific courses with certification from the Government. The certificate courses will indeed aid the workers to upgrade their skills and be competent
At the time of Panel Discussion on Young Talent – Industry responsive Skill Development (Vibrant Gujarat 2013), addressing the panelists and audience, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, said that “dignity”, which needs to be given to any worker, along with equality and respect must be given to all the people of working class. Also, the panelists expressed that hand on touch training in the industry is the best practice, besides classroom approach and customise the training curriculum to suit the technological changes.
Based on the above, the Directorate of Employment & Training (DET), Government of Gujarat, has planned to launch schemes to address the need of the following target group with a minimum age limit of 18 years:
◗ Workforce seeking certification of their skills acquired informally
◗ Workforce seeking skill upgradation
◗ Fresh workforce for any industry, industries association, SEZ or Industrial Park Developer
◗ The Schemes that were launched were Skill Certification – On-Site Assessment Scheme and Industrial-Kaushalya Vardhan Kendra (i-KVK) Scheme.
◗ Understanding Prime Minister’s Award winning Project i-KVK
The State of Gujarat is considered the growth engine of India due to the presence of fast-paced industrial development. This has given way to large scale capital investment in the industrial sectors of the State. The State already houses 262 GIDC estates, 57 approved SEZs, 21 registered Industrial Parks and 83 Industrial Clusters, along with various other new businesses, which are exploring their options for the availability of technical manpower. At present, mismatch prevails between industry demands and training provided by existing skill building institutions. Therefore, empowering people with industry relevant skill becomes an important area.
Also, the pace of technology is very rapid and requirement of individual industries changes with time. It is very difficult for any institute to create infrastructure according to technology used by the individual industry. Moreover, many a times it is not feasible to provide hi-end capital equipment because of time, cost and space constrains. After deliberate discussion with various stakeholders, the most feasible solution was brought in by the Government of Gujarat, after active involvement of the industries in imparting training and providing enabling platform both to the industry and to the candidate.
Deputy Director (Training) P A Mistry says, “This scheme is the most cost-effective skilling scheme as no separate infrastructure is created specifically for this training. The existing facilities at the industry are optimally utilised. On the job training facilitates training on the latest equipment which is already available in the industry is provided. Trainers are mostly from the industry. Moreover, the government only pays at the rate of `25 per trainee per hour for engineering courses & `20 per trainee per hour for non-engineering courses to the industry partner. Some of the industry partners don’t even take this amount from government. They just require recognition and affiliation of the courses from the government.”
The Curriculum of the specific course developed by the concerned industry is approved by the GCVT (Gujarat Council of Vocational Training). The admission of candidate is done by the industry with the help of the principal of the associated ITI. Assessment norms are designed for the particular course by the relevant industry expert. The GCVT conducts assessment of skills and provides certificate jointly with the industry partner for which Internet based portal –www.gcvt.org is developed.
According to Dr. Sandhya Bhullar, Director, Employment & Training, “As on 20th July 2015, 80 i-KVKs are functioning in the State which are covering 13 sectors of the economy. It is envisaged to cover high growth sectors, like hospitality, nursing, para-medical and personal care, fisheries, logistics, etc. in the near future. We also plan to engage state and central PSUs as well as major industrial houses having their own training centres or capabilities. This year, our target is to start 70-100 new i-KVKs.”