The NSDC or National Skill Development Corporation is a non-profit organization that was established on 31st July 2008 under section 25 of the company’s act of 1956. This initiative is a Public-Private Partnership Model (PPP) set up by the Ministry of Finance.
The aim of NSDC is to develop skills on a large scale by catalyzing and creating institutions of high quality that work for a profit. NSDC Bhopal provides funding for building these institutions. Another one of the organization’s aims is to enable support systems that provide quality assurance, training the trainer and information systems. NSDC Bhopal is the main catalyst for providing funding to companies, organizations and enterprises that provide skill training.
The AISECT-NSDC partnership took place in the year 2012. The objective was to train 13 million young people by the year 2020 by providing them with skills training courses. Nine main sectors were identified for the purpose of training. These are IT/ITES, Hardware and Networking, Livelihood & Vocational Training, Banking, Financial Services & Insurance, Agriculture, Teacher’s Training, Marketing and Retail, Apparel and Fashion Design Tourism & Hospitality and Beauty & Wellness.
The identification of these sectors is based on the manpower requirements of each sector. Once a student finds a training institute and selects the skill, they can start their training immediately. Once the training is completed, they are certified and can start working in the same industry.
Why is there a shortage of skilled manpower in India?
There are many reasons why India is facing a shortage of manpower.
- The Indian education system focuses on rote learning, as opposed to learning that would actually benefit the overall development of the students.
- A large number of people need to be skilled
- Similarly, there is a diversity in the type of skills that need to be honed.
- There is a mismatch between the kind of workers needed and the workers that are available. India has a workforce that largely consists of unskilled workers. This leads to a shortage of skilled workers. The only way this can be achieved is by providing skill development training
- The availability of skilled workers increases the productivity of any sector, as more workers would be available where they are needed.
- The target population for this training is very vast, as people who belong to different educational backgrounds need the training.
- There should be a change in the perception of vocational training
- Since most of the skills are male-centric, it leads to a lot of exclusion for women, creating gender disparities in almost every field
What are the objectives of the AISECT-NSDC partnership?
- Expanding the skill training facilities, specifically in backward areas of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra and Punjab, after which there would be an expansion all across the country.
- To make sure the quality of the skill training is maintained, a massive train the trainer programme takes place. The focus of these training sessions is to upskill the trainers to help them use technology.
- To utilize the nearly 6,000 Common Service Centres (CSCs) set up by AISECT at the Panchayat Level across Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh & Punjab for skilling youth.
- To support the skill development training programs by providing placement services both online and offline to the trained manpower.
- To expand and develop the AISECT Content Creation Center as the backbone of the ongoing skill development efforts.