SANKALP scheme – UPSC Prelims

Ministry/Department :  Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
SANKALP = Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion
Aims to implement the mandate of the National Skill Development Mission(NSDM).
  • SANKALP is an outcome-oriented programme of Ministry of Skills Development & Entrepreneurship(MSDE) with a special focus on decentralised planning and quality improvement.
  • SANKALP is Rs 4455 crore centrally sponsored scheme including Rs 3300 crore loan support from World Bank.
  • The main objectives of SANKALP include
    • Institutional Strengthening (at National, State & District level)
    • Quality Assurance of skill development programs
    • Inclusion of marginalized population in skill development and
    • Expanding Skills through Public Private Partnerships(PPPs).
  • SANKALP scheme envisages setting up of Trainers and Assessors academies with self-sustainable models.
  • Over 50 such academies are to be set up in priority sectors.
  • It will leverage institutions for training trainers in both long and short term VET thereby bringing about convergence.
  • Additional trainer academies will also be set up.
  • It will focus on greater decentralization in skill planning by institutional strengthening at State level which includes setting up of SSDMs and allow states to come up with State and District level Skill Development Plans (SSDPDSDP).
  • It also aims at enhancement of inclusion of underprivileged and marginalized communities including women, Scheduled Castes (SCs)/Schedule Tribes (STs) and Persons with Disabilities (PWD).
  • It will also develop a skilling ecosystem that will support the country’s rise in Ease of Doing Business index.
  • The scheme will provide the required impetus to National Skill Development Mission, 2015 and its various sub missions.
  • It is aligned to flagship programs of Government such as Make in India and Swachhta Abhiyan and aim at developing globally competitive workforce for domestic and overseas requirements.
  • Moreover, it converges skilling efforts of various central, state and private sector institutions thus, avoids duplication of activities and bringing about uniformity in vocational training for creating better impact.

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