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Government Sets New Standards for Skill Development
Dec 30, 2014

Rural India Skills Emblem (RISE) will be the new standard for recognition of skills, a measure that the government is seeking to develop as a brand to instill confidence about skilled Indian workers globally.

The Rural Development ministry is laying down eligibility norms to enhance the sanctity of training and the process of assessment of trainees under the Aajeevika Scheme for skill development (under National Rural Livelihoods Mission), renamed by the government as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushal Yojana.

Under the new norms, the training centres will be required to have minimum facilities and infrastructure to ensure quality imparting of skills. At the same time, bio-metric attendance and CCTVs will be in place to keep tab on attendance of those who sign up.

The government is looking at introducing third-party evaluation, besides the training centre, to grade trainees in their chosen trade. A credible process of training and assessment would increase "employability" in the country and abroad.

In a bid to speed up targets and improve training under the scheme, the ministry has devised the concept of champion employers—business houses that would take 10,000 youths annually for training and in-house placement. These companies will sign MoUs with the government. This is besides other smaller companies that would sign up to impart skills.

In all, 700 projects with 18 lakh candidates are lying for approval at the state and Central level.

The 12th Plan had set a skilling target of 10.5 lakh people against which 4.57 lakh have received training till September 2014, of which 3.7 lakh have received placements.


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