The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved two new World Bank supported schemes of Rs. 6,655 crore – Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) & Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE).
SANKALP and STRIVE are focused schemes marking shift in government’s implementation strategy in vocational education and training from inputs to results.
Issues are going to be addressed under these schemes :-
- Setting up national bodies for accreditation & certification in VET (Vocational Education & Training).
- Avoiding duplication of activities and bringing about uniformity in vocational training.
What is Vocational Education & Training ?
Vocational education is education that prepares people to work in a trade, a craft, as a technician, or in professional vocations such as engineering, accountancy, nursing, medicine, architecture, or law
Schemes Aims at :-
- Institutional reforms and improving quality & market relevance of skill development training programs in long and short term VET.
- To develop a robust mechanism for delivering quality skill development training by strengthening institutions such as State Skill Development Missions (SSDMs), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) etc.
- These schemes shall support universalization of National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) including National Quality Assurance Framework (NQAF) across the skill development schemes of central and state governments thus ensuring standardization in skill delivery, content and training output.
NOTE :- SANKALP aims at enhancement of inclusion of marginalized communities including women. Scheduled Castes (SCs), Schedule Tribes (STs) and Persons with Disabilities (PWD) to provide skill training opportunities to the underprivileged and marginalised section of the society.
Conclusion :- The schemes will develop a skilling ecosystem that will support the country’s rise in the Ease of Doing Business index by steady supply of skilled workforce to the industry. The schemes will also work towards increasing the aspirational value of skill development programs by increasing the marketability of skills, through better industry connect and quality assurance.