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New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): India’s largest education, skill development, services and e-governance network AISECT has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled simultaneous launch of the “Skill India” campaign across 100 cities today.

In a statement, Siddharth Chaturvedi, Director, AISECT, said, “Embarking on the journey of skill development in a mission mode was a longstanding requirement of our country, and, I am glad the sector is now drawing the required focus, with a view to increase our formally skilled and certified workforce from current low levels of two percent to somewhere closer to other developed nations, which are around 60 percent and above.”

Chaturvedi further went on to say, “The new Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Policy, which would form the foundation of the Skill India Mission, would hopefully provide the much needed impetus to coordinated effort in skill development initiatives of various departments and ministries.”

“I am happy to note that the new policy also takes a comprehensive view on entrepreneurship development amongst youth, which is the need of the hour for providing livelihood opportunities to a vast number of youth in our country,” he added.

AISECT is an NSDC partner and has the mandate of providing skills-based training to 1.3 million people over the next 10 years. The organisation has recently also joined hands with NSDC for the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yatra (PMKVY).

Some of the major central and state government skill development and capacity building projects that AISECT is associated with include:

.Skill Training under National Urban Livelihood Mission

.NSQF Project under Department of School Education in Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh

.Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

.Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana

.DDU GKY project under Ministry of Rural Development in Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh

.Standard Training Assessment Reward (STAR) Scheme

.Skill Training under Directorate General to Resettlement, Ministry of Defence in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh

.Swashakti Project

.Tejaswani Women SHG Empowerment Project

.District Poverty Alleviation Programme

.Indira Suchana Shakti Yojana

.E-Vidya Programme for SABLA women in the districts of Punjab and Chhattisgarh

.Women Digital Literacy Programme in Chhatarpur, Panna and Sagar districts of Madhya Pradesh

.Leadership Development Training of women under the Nai Roshni scheme of Ministry of Minority Affairs

.Aajeevika Skills

.Rajasthan Skill Livelihood Development Corporation Skill Development Programme

.Backward Rural Grant Fund (BRGF) Training with WALMI

.Dr. Ambedkar SC Self Employment Based Training Project

On the occasion of the launch of the ‘Skill India Mission’, AISECT is undertaking the following initiatives:

.Mobilisation drives across 12 locations in association with Nehru Yuva Kendras for connecting youth with PMKVY

.Conducting awareness generation drives through skill vans at 12-15 locations, wherein information will be provided through skills vans to youth on various skill development schemes available

.In Jharkhand, AISECT is partnering with Jharkhand Skill Development Mission to conduct mobilization drives across Ranchi and other cities for connecting youth with Skill Development

An official release issued by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said, the campaign is an important milestone towards achieving the objective of skilling with speed, scale and standards across the country.

It said, this event will bring together key stakeholders including central ministries/departments, state governments, leading industry bodies and trainees. The ministry said partnerships with all these stakeholders is vital to ensure the success of Skill India. Our Correspondent reports that the national event will be telecast live across more than ten thousand ITIs, NSDC training centres, select Nehru Yuva Kendras, and some educational institutions in all States and Union Territories in the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the National Skill Development Mission and unveil the new National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

Modi will also roll out the Ministry’s flagship scheme, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikash Yojana. National Skill Development Mission will converge, coordinate, implement and monitor skilling activities across India. Prime Minister will also launch Skill Loan initiative, where loans from 5,000 rupees to 1.5 lakhs rupees will be available to more than 34 lakh youth of the country, who seek to attend skill development programmes, over the next five years. (ANI)

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