The need for skill development in the country touched a new aspect. Now, besides IAS, IPS and other services, aspirants for public services will have one more service to choose from – the Indian Skill Development Service – in the annual examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) from next year onwards.
Union Minister for Skill Development, Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, “We are speeding up on the creation of a dedicated skill development cadre. In fact, the next civil services exam (2016-17) conducted by UPSC will also recruit for this service. We are working on the job requirement as of now. One guiding idea is to make the service aspirational.”
“With so many changes in the skill development scenario – like over 13,000 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) coming under the skill development ministry, plans to set up skill universities, etc, there will be a need for a dedicated cadre that can handle the challenges ahead and infuse the much-needed professionalism. This service will take care of that,” he added.
The Union cabinet had cleared the formation of a Group ‘A’ service for skill development, on October 7.
Under the Narendra Modi government, skill development has occupied significant focus with the expectation that the Skill India plan would supply human resources for government-declared mega plans like Digital India, Make in India, etc.