A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed amongst Airports Authority of India, National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in presence of Shri P. Ashok Gajapati Raju, Hon’ble Minister of Civil Aviation, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Hon’ble Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (IC), Shri Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Secretary, MOCA and Sr. Officers from MSDE, as also, representatives from various airline industries, government organizations apart from media. Shri A K Dutta, Member (ANS)/OPS), AAI, on behalf of AAI, Shri Jayant Krishna, CEO, NSDC and Shri Rajesh Agrawal, Jt. Secretary, MSDE, GOI had signed the MoU. Under the MoU, AAI shall provide fund of Rs.525.00 lakhs for a period of three years starting from the year 2016-17. During the year 2016-17, Rs. 125.00 lakhs shall be made available to NSDF and in subsequent two years Rs. 200.00 lakhs shall be provided for “Setting up of Skill Development Centre and Skilling Youth”.
AAI shall disburse its CSR Funds to NSDF and NSDC shall manage the Projects and implement through its approved training partners. AAI shall also extend its infrastructural facilities at different airports for the purpose of setting up of skill training centers subject to availability. AAI would also encourage certification under “recognition of prior learning (RPL)” for manpower engaged by AAI itself or through its contractors. Further, AAI will also sponsor such affected persons, whose land has been acquired for AAI project, for skill development training in the identified areas for livelihood. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Hon’ble Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship appreciated the initiative of AAI and expressed hope that such initiative will be followed by other Ministries also. Addressing the house, Hon’ble Minister of Civil Aviation also expressed pleasure for signing the MoU to impart for skill training to the youth which will meet the requirement of skilled force in various sectors.