National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), on Aug 11 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Directorate of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (DSDE), Government of Goa to set up an International Skill Hub in the state.
A significant step towards strengthening the skilling ecosystem in the country, the collaboration will facilitate the establishment of a state-of-the-art skilling infrastructure in Goa. An apex institution, it is envisaged to empower youth of Goa to be ready for the emerging job opportunities in the country. The institute also aims to provide international placements to local candidates through programs like NSDC’s programs such as Technical Intern Training Program (TITP) and India International Skill Centres (IISC), contributing towards making Goa an international skilling destination in India.
The announcement was made through a webcast, which was graced by the presence of Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Vishwajit P. Rane, Minister of Health, Industries & Trade, Women & Child Development and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of Goa.
The institute will provide training in advanced skills in highly specialized areas across sectors like Healthcare, Tourism and Hospitality and other emerging business domains to meet the requisite industry demands. Envisaged to be a highly premier training institutions in the country, it shall help in making vocational training aspirational for the youth. Skilling will be done by training partners (TPs) on a fee-based model and additionally, training shall be imparted through the utilization of government schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). Through joint deliberations, DSDE and NSDC will select training partners for imparting training, from a pool of NSDC affiliated partners. The selected TPs will be responsible for executing specific project activities including mobilization, branding, publicity, counselling, imparting training, certification, and placement assistance.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Government of Goa will provide land for establishing an international skill hub. NSDC and DSDE will be responsible jointly for shortlisting job roles, identifying training partners (TPs) to operationalize skill training at the institution, monitoring and facilitating the skilling program. Leveraging industrial ecosystem to drive skilling in India, DSDE and NSDC aim to bring best-in-class infrastructure and facilities to students at Old Asilo Hospital, in Mapusa, North Goa. The skill development project will be implemented as per the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF), and assessments and certifications granted by the respective Sector Skill Councils (SSCs).
Sharing his views on role of reskilling, upskilling and building of new age skills in making India truly self-reliant, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon’ble Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said, “As we enter a new transformational era, we need to stand united in our mission to boost skilling efforts across the country to create a highly productive and efficient workforce for the future of jobs. It is crucial to enhance our focus on reskilling, upskilling and deep skilling as part of our country’s revival strategy. Today’s MoU signing between NSDC and DSDE, Goa is a pioneering step towards achieving that mission. Skilling the youth in market relevant skills will significantly contribute towards fulfilling Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of Aatmnirbhar Bharat and help India make a mark on the global landscape. Our objective is to work collaboratively with states to implement efficient training, assessment and certification process for creation of a conducive and buoyant skilling ecosystem in the country.”