Connecting the dots through skill portal

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Smrithi-Irani-launches-national-web-portal-638x247The ongoing debate for students to enhance their developing skills for the industrial demands of the market has been doing the rounds for sometime now. And to ensure the gap of the skill development is bridged, the Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani launched the National Web Portal as a promotion for the National Apprenticeship Scheme for Graduates, Diploma holders and 10+2 pass-outs vocational certificate holders.

The Union Minister also released a logo and a slogan ‘Sashakt Yuva, Samarth Bharat’ for the National Web Portal.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development implements the apprenticeship training scheme for one year through Board of Apprenticeship Training (BOATs)/Board of Practical Training (BOPT) located at Mumbai, Chennai, Kanpur and Kolkata, informed Irani.

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“This portal enables door step delivery of service, streamlines processes and saves time for students,” she said.

The minister added that the portal through the mechanism of internal complaints committee would offer security for women at workplace and ensure grievance redressal for the apprentice.

The portal will enable viable contract for students and industry partnership, Irani said.

The Union Minister has asked the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to come together to expand the outreach and exposure especially for class XI and XII students.

According to the minister, the web portals of regional BOATs/BOPT have been integrated and data of all the regional BOATs/BOPT has been transferred to the National Web Portal.

“There has been a vacuum in obtaining reliable data at the central level about the needs of students who wish to join Apprenticeship Training. The National Web Portal will now ensure seamless connectivity with all stake holders including students, establishments and technical institutions across the country for transparent administration through e-Governance. It will also be a multilingual platform which currently engages with the user in Marathi, Bengali, Tamil and Hindi,” she informed.

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