More than 1.17 crore aspirants trained under “Skill India”

Over 1.17 crore aspirants have been trained under the National Skill Development Mission, said Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

The minister said that MSDE has trained the aspirants under various schemes and programmes since the inception of “Skill India”.

Rudy was addressing media persons on 3 years of NDA government, he said, “Skill India is a silent revolution that is underway and it is a joint investment that the government along with the private partners is making for the future growth of the country. He said it is a path that needs to be tread very carefully since it involves the future of the youth of our country. He said, what we sow today is what we will reap tomorrow. We have hence taken the first two years, to set our base right and align the skill ecosystem to national standards of skill qualification.”

According to Rudy, more than 26.5 lakh people were trained under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). The scheme was launched on July 15, 2015 and of the candidates trained under the scheme so far 50 per cent were women candidates.

 “It is good to see that more and more women candidates are coming forward to take up skills. Last year women participation under PMKVY was 40%. I am elated to see that we have an equal male female ratio this year cumulatively” the Minister added.

Rudy also said, “The industry/private sector will only partner when they see quality workforce coming out from Skill India. We are seeing that transition happen gradually. More and more corporate are partnering with us on different levels whether is it on engaging with apprentices, extending infrastructure support, contribution through CSR funds and hiring of resources.”