NSDC launches ASEEM Portal and App as a kind of e-employment exchange

ASEEM https://smis.nsdcindia.org/, also available as an ASEEM APP, is acronym of  ‘Aatmanirbhar Skilled Employee Employer Mapping’ -developed and managed by NSDC in collaboration with Bengaluru-based blue collar employment company, Betterplace, has already about 300 employers onboard. Job seekers can upload their profiles and get tracked besides staying informed on trends, upskilling and host of other information services

If one department of the Government has made better of the prevailing situation and converted it into an opportunity of making skilling information management system efficient, it would be the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) as it has captured skill data of over 1.5 crore skilled and semi-skilled workers, whose movement (reverse migration) it is tracking in 116 districts alongside those returning from foreign countries under SWADES.

This effort gave a fillip to NSDC project of creating an interactive AI-based online information system on mapping of skilled manpower and job opportunities that was started in the beginning of this year. And today (July 10) culminating the effort, the platform https://smis.nsdcindia.org/ as well as ASEEM App was formally launched by Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, union minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship through a virtual launch event.  

Besides identifying major skills gap in the sectors and providing review of global best practices, ASEEM will provide real-time granular information by identifying relevant skilling requirements and employment prospects.  It will provide employers a platform to assess the availability of skilled workforce and formulate their hiring plans.

ASEEM will be used as a match-making engine to map skilled workers with the jobs available. The portal and App will have provision for registration and data upload for workers across job roles, sectors and geographies. The skilled workforce can register their profiles on the app and can search for employment opportunities in their neighbourhood. Through ASEEM, employers, agencies and job aggregators looking for skilled workforce in specific sectors will also have the required details at their fingertips. It will also enable policymakers take more objective view of various sectors.

Envisaging the rapidly changing nature of work and how it impacts the workforce is crucial in restructuring the skilling ecosystem with the new normal settling post-pandemic. Aatmanirbhar Skilled Employee Employer Mapping (ASEEM) refers to all the data, trends and analytics which describe the workforce market and map demand of skilled workforce to supply.

Apart from recruiting a skilled workforce that spurs business competitiveness and economic growth, the Artificial Intelligence- based platform has been envisioned to strengthen their career pathways by handholding them through their journeys to attain industry-relevant skills and explore emerging job opportunities especially in the post COVID era. 

Speaking at the launch event,  Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey spoke about his dream of putting all information at one place so that it can be empower skilled people and provide ease of exchanges between jobbers and employees.  The minister added, “ASEEM portal has been envisioned to give a huge impetus to our persistent efforts to bridge the demand-supply gap for skilled workforce across sectors, bringing limitless and infinite opportunities for the nation’s youth. The initiative aims to accelerate India’s journey towards recovery by mapping skilled workforce and connecting them with relevant livelihood opportunities in their local communities especially in the post COVID era. With the increasing use of technology and e-management systems which assist in bringing in processes and intelligent tools to drive demand driven and outcome-based skill development programs, this platform will ensure we bring in close convergence and coordination across various schemes and programs operating in the skill ecosystem. This will also ensure that we monitor any sort of duplication of data and further re-engineer the vocational training landscape in the country ensuring a skilling, up-skilling and re-skilling in a more organised set up.” 

AM Naik, Chairman, NSDC and Group Chairman, Larsen & Toubro Limited said, “I am confident that the real-time information ASEEM provides to both employer and employee will add value to the labour ecosystem and contribute to building the trust among the workforce, which is essential for the recovery of the economy.”