The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the Government has set up the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) as a public private partnership entity to promote private training providers to set up Skill Development centres across the country. As on 31st October, 2015, the NSDC has 266 affiliated training partners with 4648 operational training centers, including 812 mobile centers across 27 States and 5 Union Territories in 525 districts of the Country.
He said, NSDC, an industry led ‘Not For Profit Company’, acts as a catalyst in skill development by providing the funding received from National Skill Development Fund (NSDF), to enterprises, companies and organization that provide skill training. The corporation does not bear any training fee. Further, the duration of training courses varies from sector to sector and course to course which is fixed by the training providers in consultation with NSDC. The training fee is funded by Government under various skill development schemes like Skill Development Initiative Scheme, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gramin Kaushalya Yojana, etc.
The National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), an autonomous body created on 6th June, 2013 has the mandate to coordinate and harmonise the skill development activities in the Country. The agency is the nodal agency for State Skill Development Mission constituted by the State Government for coordination and integration of all their skill development programmes alongwith advising them on the ways and means to achieve targets.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today the Minister said, the National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) has been set up in 2009 by the Government of India for raising funds both from Government and Non-Government organizations/corporates for skill development in the country. The Fund is contributed by various Government sources, and other donors/ contributors to enhance, stimulate and develop the skills of Indian youth by various sector specific programs.