Skill Development: A New Way Forward For The Nation

Date: April 6, 2020

‘I call upon the nation to take a pledge to make India the skill capital of the world’ –Narendra Modi

Yes, our prime minister definitely understands the importance of skill development for the progress of the country. And it is heartening to see that a number of steps are being taken in this direction by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). 15th July marked the first anniversary of the ‘Skill India’ initiative and also saw the inauguration of the first edition of the India Skills Competition by our president Shri Pranab Mukherjee. This was a national competition that aimed towards selecting India’s top participants for the biennial World Skills International Competition to be held in 2017 at Abu Dhabi.

The MSDE was assisted by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in conducting close to 80 regional competitions across 24 skills like hair styling, graphic designing etc. From these, 4820 candidates were selected for the inaugural Skill India Competition that concluded with its closing ceremony on 17th July. The event was a massive success and a big step ahead in making India a hotspot for variety of skills.

Other initiatives that were undertaken

Apart from the competition, the MSDE also launched other initiatives in its attempt to empower the youth of the country.

1. Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 2.0 (PMKVY)
2. India International Skill Centres
3. India Skills Online
4. Labour Management Information System (LMIS)

Last year, PMKVY 1.0 saw the training of close to 20 lakh youth. The PMKVY 2.0 plans to train a total of 1 crore youths in the coming four years and things seem to be on track as it has secured an approval of Rs. 12,000 crores from the cabinet. This will help the MSDE to scale up the activities of the PMKVY.

Training centers are vital for imparting the skills to the youth and the event also took this into consideration. Announcement was made that 50 India International Skill Centers would be opened by the end of this year. To begin this development, the President launched 15 such centers ranging across 8 different sectors like Retail, Healthcare
and Hospitality.

How private institutes and training centers are playing their part?

True progress is realised when both the private and public sectors go hand in hand. And the Skill Initiative won’t be an exception. Yes, the Government is taking the necessary steps but in order to make India the skill capital of the world that our Prime Minister envisions it to become, private institutes also need to come to the fore.

At Orane Institute, we understand the need of the hour and are driven towards providing top-notch skill training to the youth of the country. Orane is the largest network of beauty and wellness institutes in the country with centers in Delhi, Punjab, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, etc. It not just has national accreditation from MSDE but also international accreditations from CIBTAC and CIDESCO. From Diploma courses like Diploma in Hair Designing, Diploma in Spa Therapy and Diploma in Beauty Culture to certification courses like Certificate in Advanced beauty and Certificate in Basic Spa, Orane provides a number of courses that can give you the right skills to grow in beauty and wellness career. The expertise that you gain won’t just allow you get decent earnings in India, but it will also make you an expert candidate to practice professionally as beauticians and therapist abroad.

What are your views on the government’s progress on the Skill India initiative? Are you struggling for career options like many others? Do comment and let us know.

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