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Comprehensive reforms to ensure Sector Skill Councils Transit 2.0; National Board for Skill

Hemali Chhapia | Feb 1, 2016

In order to review the status on the current skill ecosystem, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship completed its two-day Parliamentary Consultative Committee Meeting. The meeting was attended by Shri. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, the Hon'ble Minister of State for Skill Development (Independent Charge), Members of Parliament (MPs) representing various states across the country,

Shri Rohit Nandan, Secretary MSDE, the Joint Secretaries at MSDE and other Ministry officials. The focus of this Consultative Committee bi-annual meeting this time was the role of Sector Skill Councils and the value they bring to the skill ecosystem.

Amongst the key recommendations made by the Members of the committee, there was a huge emphasis laid on the fact that Sector Skill Councils should focus on industry linkages majorly. Since the SSCs role is crucial in creating the curriculum, the government should propose the formation of a National Board for Skill Certification which can focus on assessment and certification of the skill programmes being conducted across country.

The committee emphasised on the dire need for comprehensive reforms in the role of Sector Skill Councils and focus on the SSC Transit 2.0 Programme which will clearly outline the deliverables of the sector skill council and ensure there are substantial outcomes. Asserting with the propositions made by the committee, Shri Rudy stated, "It high time we start focusing on industry collaboration right to the district level across the country. We have to focus on the problem and find the solution than keep identifying the problem and then plan for the solution. The IT revolution in India took a long time to be at the heights where it is today, but our Skill Revolution has to happen at a much faster pace as we are sitting on a huge demographic dividend which we can reap right now."

"We as a group of professionals in the Ministry are ensuring that we bring about convergence and coordination amongst all in the nation to make our Prime Minister's dream of Skill India, a reality in near future. We have proposed these reforms and are working closely with the authorities to ensure we have a well-defined ecosystem which runs systematically with a measurement matrix that shows delivery."

The committee also proposed that more Model Skill Centres like the one launched in Bhubaneswar yesterday, should be opened up across states so that there is visibility of brand Skill India. There has to be awareness to the last mile for every youth to capitalise on this opportunity.

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