Skilling India –Creation of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship


Skill development and entrepreneurship efforts across the country have been highly fragmented so far. Recognizing the need and urgency of quickly coordinating the efforts of all concerned stakeholders, to achieve its vision of a ‘Skilled India’ the Department of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship was created on 31st July, 2014 which was later made into a full fledged  Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship on 9th Nov, 2014.

National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) and 33 Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) were brought under the Ministry of Skill Development. The thrust of the Ministry is the co-ordination of all skill development efforts across the country, removal of disconnect between demand and supply of skilled manpower, building of new skills and skill upgradation, and encouraging entrepreneurship. Overall approximately 58,72,800 people were trained by Central Ministries/Departments in the financial year 2014-15.

To create further convergence between the Vocational Training system through ITIs and the new Skill Initiatives of the government, two vertical from Directorate General of Employment and Training (DGET) – DDG (Training) and DDG (Apprenticeship Training) have been transferred to the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship on 16th April, 2015.

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