Skill India Program – Mission, Features, Advantages, Differences

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A comprehensive program to train and develop industrial, entrepreneurial skills among Indians was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 15, 2015. The program is called ‘Skill India.’

The move to tap potential of India is unprecedented in the country’s history. Skill India is today a major project that involves every segment of the Indian society, local and foreign companies and governments.

Every ministry of the Government of India is involved in the massive Skill India program, billed as the world’s largest initiative to train manpower in a single country or geographic location.

Skill India Mission

Skill India program will equip and train the nation’s massive, enviable workforce with employable skills and knowledge. This will help them contribute substantially to India’s industrialization and economic boom.

Over 400 million women and men in the country will be trained in various industrial and trade skills by the year 2022. Skill India program was launched on July 15, 2015 to enable Indian economy and industry to benefit from the country’s young work force.

With these missions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched

This is the first time in India’s history that a project that assures financial prosperity to all Indian citizens, eradicates poverty, reduces unemployment and helps develop Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) is being implemented.

Skill India will help reduce dependence on urban and semi-urban jobs. It will provide ample work and business avenues in rural India too. It strives for gender equality for income in India.

The program involves public-private partnership. Several foreign countries including UK, US, Israel, Germany and France have signed up as Skill India partners to train Indians in specific skills.

Why Skill India

India is one of the youngest nations in the world. Over 62 percent of its population is aged between 15 and 59 years. Over 54 percent of the country’s total populace is below 25 years.

It is estimated that average age of India’s population by 2020 will range between one and 29 years. In comparison, the average age of population of US will be 40 years, Europe at 46 years and Japan, 47 years.

In the coming two decades, labor force of industrialized nations is forecast to decline by four percent. In sharp contrast, India will witness a boom of some 32 percent during this time span.

Skill India aims at tapping this vast potential of indigenous manpower. For over seven decades since India’s independence, no such initiatives were taken to tap the potential of the country’s workforce.

Features of Skill India

  • Train Indian citizens of all ages, especially youth, to get employment or launch own MSMEs.
  • Provide training, technical and financial support for various trades including leather crafters, blacksmiths, healthcare workers, fashion designers, Khadi and handloom artisans and others.
  • Skill India will also focus on core sectors including construction, gems and jewelry, banking and finance, transport and tourism and entrepreneurship.
  • Training provided to enrolled citizens will conform to international standards. To do so, India will partner with various countries and foreign educational institutes.
  • Trained citizens are expected to fulfill the demand for skilled manpower. Skill India also looks at training Indians for employment in industrialized countries of the world.
  • An internationally accepted standard of training Indian living in rural areas of the country is being undertaken under Skill India. This project is called Rural India Skill.
  • Courses offered under Skill India consider various factors such as age, geographical location, native language and financial status. It trains people in communications, troubleshooting, management, behavioral, entrepreneurial and social skills, among others.

Skills covered by Skill India

Agriculture: including floriculture, horticulture and all related branches.

Automotive: for all technologies related to motor vehicles, from concept and design to manufacture and maintenance.

Beauty and wellness: every skill required to provide body and beauty treatments to all sections of the Indian society.

Banking, Finance, Stocks and Insurance: development of skills to get employment in the financial sectors of India. These skills also promote entrepreneurship. This is a further boost to ‘Pradhan Mantri Dhan Jan Yojana’ for financial literacy and its related projects.

Capital goods: provides training on all aspect of design, development, manufacture and maintenance of capital goods such as machinery and equipment for home, office and industry.

Construction: for design to construction of all civil, industrial and military infrastructures such as buildings and complexes, bridges and subways among others.

Electronics: skills needed for designing, manufacture and maintenance of vital electronic equipment for home, office, industry and military.

Gem and jewelry: keeping in mind the huge domestic and international demand for Indian designed and made jewelry. Skills also include cutting, polishing and certification of gemstones.

Healthcare: primarily focused on providing healthcare at home and hospitals. Focus sectors and women and children, basic healthcare too.

Plumbing: for learning skills vital to providing sanitation and hygiene in all parts of India. These skills are required for ongoing ‘Swacch Bharat’ movement.

IT and ITES: courses will focus on further boosting the IT infrastructure of India, IT exports and IT enabled services, call center and related training. Extremely important skills for Smart Cities and e-government projects as well as move to cashless economy.

Leather: as leading exporter of leather and its products, these skills are being imparted at places known for its leather industries.

Media and entertainment: aimed at keeping the nation well informed with news. Skills in this sector also involve production of high quality media for educational purposes and entertainment.

Retailing: vital skills to sustain the boom of India’s e-retailing and physical retail for goods made under ‘Make In India’.

Rubber: with North East states coming under focus, rubber production is expected to boom. Skills involve everything from rubber tapping, synthetic rubber and production of high quality rubber products.

Security: skills vital to start your own security company or work in military, para-military forces and police. Security skill is key to defend the country against wanton acts of terrorism sponsored by hostile neighbors.

Telecom: India has a booming telecom sector with over half a dozen mobile services providers and two state-owned telecom companies. Skills needed to keep the telecom sector flourishing and boost connectivity with remote parts of India.

Advantages and incentives of Skill India

India’s Ministry of Finance has launched the National Skills Certification and Monetary Rewards Scheme as part of Skill India. The objective of this scheme is to encourage skill development for youth by providing monetary rewards for successful completion of approved training programs.

Objectives, as mentioned on its website include:

  • Encourage standardization in the certification process and initiate a process of creating a registry of skills.
  • Increase productivity of the existing workforce and align the training and certification to the needs of the country.
  • Provide cash rewards for skill certification to boost employability and productivity of youth by incentivizing them for skill trainings
  • Reward candidates undergoing skill training by authorized institutions at an average monetary reward of Rs. 10,000 per student.
  • To benefit one million youth at an approximate total cost of Rs.10 billion.

NOTE: Indians who successfully complete Skill India courses can also avail of Mudra Bank loans under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana. Mudra Bank is the name of a scheme operated through designated banks operating in the cooperative, private and public sectors.

Entrepreneurship development by Skill India

A slew of courses aimed at imparting and honing skills for entrepreneurship are also available under Skill India. These include

  • Entrepreneur Development Program- General Category
  • Entrepreneur Development Program- Women
  • Gender Equality Opportunities
  • Counseling, Restraining and Redevelopment Schemes

Who can avail training courses under Skill India

All Skill India training courses are open to every citizen of this country, regardless of age, gender and location. Though primary focus is on youth, women and men within the working age range can also undergo training, subject to qualifications.

These qualifications include working knowledge of some industry and literacy. Skill India courses are available in various Indian languages, in a bid to deliver benefits to all ethnic groups of the country.

In addition, Skill India courses can also be availed by

  • Self Help Groups- General Category
  • Self Help Groups- Women
  • Economically challenged sections of the Indian society
  • Organizations battling child labor in India
Types of courses for groups

Courses available for groups and organizations include

  • Assessment of SHGs for starting MSMEs
  • Entrepreneurship and skill development for Skill India partners
  • Cluster development of communities, hamlets and villages, ethnic groups
  • MSME finance and budgeting
  • Enterprises for SHGs
  • Risk Management for SHGs
  • Training courses for Skill India trainers and educators

Trainers for Skill India and opportunities

Trainers in any sector covered by Skill India are welcomed by the Indian government. They can contact any of the Skill India related websites online and file applications. Trainers are selected purely on merit basis.

Remuneration paid varies according to the ministry and partner organizations conducting courses. Entrepreneurs are invited to tie-up with various ministries to offer training courses under Skill India.

Differences with earlier skills development initiatives

Every skill development initiative taken before 2015 was destined to fail since launch. They cannot be called truly nation-centric. Skill India involves people from grass-root level.

It does not limit teachings to Indian Technical Institute and other organizations. Skill India training courses are held everywhere- from posh star-rated hotels to open grounds in villages.

Earlier initiatives did not involve the common man as trainers. Skill India seeks active cooperation from skilled laypersons as trainers. Skill India is a multi- pronged attack on poverty, illiteracy, socio-economic discrimination, gender inequality.

It involves almost every ministry at state and Central government levels. Earlier initiatives were half-baked efforts to provide employment and not social uplift of entire Indian society.

48 Comments

  1. Surajit Dutta on July 27, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Its a great idea for feature India..

  2. Khagen Katel on July 25, 2017 at 5:28 am

    How to apply for Skill India Program? I was 37 years old in want it.

  3. M I Ali on July 23, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Is there any age limit for this program, revert with details

  4. praveena nese on July 23, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    How I join to learn it and itcs course in this

  5. Koshy P Mathew on July 23, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I have passed NCTVT exam in the year 1975 in trade fitter. Scored highest percentage of marks in India and won Present’s gold medal. Had taught in Voltas technical training center for 5 years. Later moved to Gulf and worked in elevator industry for 30 years.
    Now I have left Gulf and free for any job.
    If you have any suggestions for me please reply.
    Warm regards
    Koshy Mathew

  6. Narendar Katike on July 22, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    This is a very good opportunity for unemployed youth…
    And am also interested to do a course through Skill India Program but I want compleat details of this programmes please provide me the contact details.

  7. Sri Santosh Dattatraya Hande on July 22, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Well Initiative taken by GOI. I’m interested to take training in Security Sector. But There should be online training course. I’m living in Arunachal Pradesh. Here training for Self-Security and Country-Security are badly needed. Waiting for the hopeful reply……

  8. SADASIVAN NAIR P.K on July 22, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    VERY INTERESTING AND AMAZING

  9. SADASIVAN NAIR P.K on July 22, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    very good opportunities under skill India

  10. SUSANTA DHAR on July 22, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    THANKS FOR YOUR MAIL. I WANT TO KNOW HOW CAN I JOIN IN. LAST 10-15 YEARS I WAS WORKING IN VARIOUS COMPANY AS A CASHIER POST. SO HOW CAN I BENEFITED OR BUILT A GOOD FUTURE THROUGH THIS COURSE ? PLEASE GUIDE ME.

    THANKING YOU

    SUSANTA DHAR

  11. ritika on July 22, 2017 at 6:25 am

    How to get admitted in one of the course of skill India program?

  12. Hetanshu Jethwa on July 21, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I tried so much that how to oprate these site because i like to these type of job but little bit facing the problem if u can help me then plz help me😇

  13. Manisha parida on July 21, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Hello sir good morning, I am manisha parida a house wife my husband is a govt job holder but still his salary is not enough to make house run properly ,his all salaries finished in the half of the month ,because we have to paid rent for house though we have no own house, and after all we are not able to fill all the requirements and some time my husband not getting the salary regularly in this case life became difficult to run, I have a sweet daughter but in these situations iam not able to give all things which her demand ,I am a graduate tried a lot to do financial support to my husband plz give me some help through Pradhan mantri skil jojona that I can trained my self thanks

  14. Sushil kumar on July 21, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Dear Sir,
    I am Sushil kumar from farrukhabad Uttar Pradesh so please assist me for how to join this work and earn money contact no. 8808580032

  15. Tammy Julius-fakrogha on July 20, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Good evening. Am Tammy Julius-fakrogha from Nigeria. I do love the initiative that the prime minister took in 2015. Reading through I was able to understand that the welfare of the common man was of utmost importance to the government of India. I would only ask that checks be put in place to monitor the efficiency of the programme and continuous monitoring on the individuals who engaged in it. Also they could try and increase the number of applicants for the programme.
    Thank you.

  16. Ajith on July 20, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Skill India program I know but course detail and how many days training

  17. Ajith on July 20, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Please tell me full information of auto motive course

  18. Munish Kumar on July 20, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I am a civil Engineer , i have a registered firm in ( MES ) I am financial week , although i have completed a work Tender in MES before 4 years ago but there are not any support to me by any BANK .AS well as I have leave further work in MES Department .Because there are 30 % Commission for the Department so as per these UN authorized commission there is impossible to complete the work with as per desire quality . All above skill India program me is very good for every Indian . But there are very corrupted officers in each and every department how can we implement all this valuable scheme for a normal citizen of India . According to my opinion There are very good schemes by GOVERNMENT for as per practical in field no scheme has been implemented for correct eligible persons .

    Thanks & Regards ,

    Munish Kumar

  19. Geetha on July 20, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    What should I do If i want to undergo this skil courses? Whom should I contact? and how to avail loan?

  20. Inderjit Khambay on July 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Skill India Program is a good step to permote India as shining star It makes India wealthy and fulfill

  21. Shubham Garg on July 20, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    A slew of courses aimed at imparting and honing skills for entrepreneurship are also available under Skill India. These include

    Entrepreneur Development Program- General Category
    Entrepreneur Development Program- Women
    Gender Equality Opportunities
    Counseling, Restraining and Redevelopment Schemes

  22. Jenifer on July 20, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I need to know how it will be useful to me

  23. shailesh bhagavanbhai vasiya on July 20, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    what is the honorable mr. modi sir mail address and technical member for guide me for best performance

  24. Md mursalin on July 20, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I have my own private centre and in my locality their are numbers of poor children who are not getting any proper Education and also having unemployment so kindly contact me so that I can start work in order to help and serve the nation

  25. shailesh bhagavanbhai vasiya on July 20, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    mine finding & destroyer machine for solder safety i have idea
    for this machine

  26. Manek on July 20, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Is this program available in Maharashtra for Mumbai and where to apply for course any website

  27. shailesh bhagavanbhai vasiya on July 20, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    many many item may be exports from India may be help me

  28. shailesh bhagavanbhai vasiya on July 20, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    shailesh vasiya
    Diploma in mechanical engineering + 10+years experience
    I want make great India by skill,knowledge,and experiences

  29. Rishab Jain on July 20, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    How i can take this training??

  30. shalav sharan on July 20, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    We are started the programmes of NSDC.

  31. shalav sharan on July 20, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    We have already gives the NSDC franchises to this who want to open the training centre ,so be self employed.

  32. Gopi on July 20, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I have experience on Big Data Technologies like Hadoop,Hive, Spark, Apache Pig, Sqoop, Flume. Is there is any requirements on this please let me know. Please let me know the online data entry jobs.

  33. Radhakrishna on July 20, 2017 at 11:53 am

    What is the maximum age come under the scheme

  34. Hameed Ejaz Yousuf Rahaman.J on July 20, 2017 at 11:36 am

    nice work. guys right now i’m working in abroad but i love to work in our country but i haven’t got chance with in two months i’m coming back to my country. i think right time i got ur mail.

  35. Chithambaram subramanian on July 20, 2017 at 10:50 am

    This replicates my dream I always dreamt like this from my college days , now it come true I am interested in satrt mobile training institute for electrical technician, instrumentation technicians, electronic manufacturing, servicing industrial electronics manufacturing of panels, wiring men, piping and tubing techniques, plumbing techniques, Safety health and environment in all work areas to protect manpower, BMS system and many more to add this is for people with little English knowledge to any graduates. How can my dream come true so that I can share my experiences and knowledge for the benefits of myself and the young generation of our country India.
    Any body want to help me or interested to invest as entrepreneurship they can call me on 980721594, or mail me at subraman464 @gmail.com
    Thanks with regards to all

  36. Aftab Alam on July 20, 2017 at 10:35 am

    please mail me such kind of job courses & opportunities which are career oriented & 100% genuine

  37. Abinaya on July 20, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I dont know clearly about this.But somewhat this is helpful i think.

  38. Mahendra Pandya on July 19, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    We are Ngo ..so give me detail about avail the skill India courses for our Ngo.
    How can we be a part of the mission?

  39. D.P.Nagar on July 17, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    It’s very good decision of PM Modi Ji for our bright futures

  40. Suresh P M on July 17, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    skill India program-

    • R Grover on July 20, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      thanks i say come to noida n skill me in particuar sir / online help does not help really

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