PMKVY – The flagship skilling program in India, is being implemented by Edulight across multiple Sector Skill Councils in different parts of India. Training partners interested to collaborate with Edulight may connect with Mrs Rajani Nair on 8080935955
Government of India is committed towards skilling the unemployed youth of India. As a step towards increasing employment in the country government has launched various projects and schemes . One such scheme which saw phenomenal success in the previous year was the STAR Scheme. STAR – was the abbreviation for SKILL TRAINING ASSESSMENTS AND REWARDS. Under this scheme many unemployed youth got trained, assessed and many of them obtained jobs.
This year the STAR SCHEME has been given a new avatar and is being abbreviated as PMKVY which is Pradhan Mantri Kaushal vikas Yojna. Some of them also refer it as STAR 2. PMKVY as a project has the same design principles as STAR SCHEME however the exact details of the project is yet to be released. “Union Cabinet on 20th March 2015, approved the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) with an outlay of Rs.1,500 crore. This would be the flagship scheme for skill training of youth to be implemented by the new Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship through National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). PMKVY scheme would cover around 24 lakh persons. Skill training would be done based on National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) and industry led standards. Under PMKVY scheme, a monetary reward is given to the trainees on assessment and certification by third party assessment bodies. PMKVY this year also has specific focus on recognition of prior learning ( RPL)
Salient features of the PMKVY scheme are:
• Average monetary reward for PMKVY would be around Rs.8,000 per trainee for fresh trainings. An outlay of Rs.1,120 crores to be spent on skill training of 14 lakh youth.
• Average monetary reward for PMKVY would be around Rs.2,200 per candidate under recognition of prior learning. An amount of Rs.220 crore have been provided for the same.
• Under PMKVY Special focus would be on youth from North-East region, for which an allocation of Rs.150 crores has been made.
• Skill training under PMKVY would primarily be focused on the first time entrants to the country’s labour market and primarily target Class 10 and Class 12 drop outs.
• The focus under PMKVY scheme is also on mentorship support and placement facilitation.
• Mobilization for PMKVY would be done through skill melas organized at the local level with participation of the State Governments, local bodies, community based organizations.
• All training providers under PMKVY scheme will have to undergo a due diligence before being eligible for participating under this scheme.
• Focus under the PMKVY would be on improved curricula, better pedagogy and better trained instructors. All training would be included soft skills, personal grooming, behavioral change for cleanliness, and good work ethics for the part of their curricula.
• A robust grievance redressal system would be put in place to address grievances relating to implementation of PMKVY. An online citizen portal would be put in place to disseminate information about the scheme.
Currently, NSDC is working on the contours of the envisaged scheme. Relevant documents on PMKVY would soon be published. At Edulight we have geared ourselves to be a stable contributor towards PMKVY. We believe that proper implementation of this project will help us derive enhancement in the skills index of our country. Edulight is working towards making its own contribution towards the PMKVY project.