Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the Skill India Mission that would impart vocational skills to 24 lakh workers this year and to 40.2 crore people by 2022 in a bid to make India the human resource hub of the world.
Modi also unveiled the new National Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Policy 2015, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana and a skill loan scheme to encourage more youth to take up vocational training and improve their chances of getting employment.
The mission will provide the overall institutional framework to rapidly implement and scale up skill development efforts across India, said an official document on the project.
Noting that 65% of the country’s population is less than 35 years of age, the Prime Minister said that his priority is to create job opportunities for the youth as well as create avenues to skill them in a structured manner. “If they don’t have skills and opportunity, then how will they meet challenges? Instead, they too will become a challenge,” he said, adding that the country’s youth deserved a life of dignity, not of pity. “Every poor is my soldier, we will win this war against poverty on behalf of their strength,” said Modi.
“We have to map the requirements of the entire world and then provide human resources to them accordingly,” he said.
The Skill India Mission would be led by a governing council at the Centre chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and would also include Union ministers for finance, skill development and entrepreneurship, human resource development, rural development, labour and employment, overseas affairs, information technology, deputy chairman of NITI Aayog and three chief ministers as members.
According to Narayanan Ramaswamy, partner and head of education and skill development, KPMG, the economy has the potential to double in 10 years if schemes such as Make in India, defence offset programme and Digital India are executed in full force.