Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana – UPSC Prelims

Ministry/Department :  Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
Objective : To impart skill training to youth, focussing on improved curricula, better pedagogy and  trained instructors
Scheme :
  • It is a skill certification and monetary reward scheme.
  • National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is the implementing agency
  • The training includes soft skills, personal grooming, behavioural change et al.
  • The Skill training would be based on the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) and industry led standards
  • Under the scheme, a monetary reward is given to trainees on assessment and certification by third party assessment bodies. The average monetary reward is around Rs.8,000 per trainee.
  • Focus on improved curricula, better pedagogy and better trained instructors
  • Besides catering to domestic skill needs, the scheme will also focus on skill training aligned to international standards for overseas employment in European and Gulf countries etc
Factual Information:
  • We have 605 million people below the age of 25
  • Scheme started in 2015
  • It will cover 24 lakh youths.
  • 2016-20
  • Greater alignment with other missions of the government of India like Make in India, Digital India, Swachh Bharat.
  • To benefit 10 million youth over a period of four years (2016- 2020).
  • Objective: It envisages to train around 8 lakh candidates over the scheme period of 2020-2021.
  • Key Features:
    • This phase is designed towards making skill development more demand-driven and decentralised in its approach with a focus on digital technology, Industry 4.0 skills and COVID-related skills.
    • It will encourage healthy competition between states. This is achieved by increasing the allocation to those states that perform better.

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