Skill India mission, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015, has made significant progress and aims to educate and train over 100 million youth through various schemes and programmes in India by 2022. Under the mission, all skills initiatives were brought under the umbrella of the newly created Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). Currently, several central and state ministries, aside from MSDE, are also conducting vocational education and training (VET) to meet the proposed target. Under Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), several higher educational institutes have taken up this mammoth task of providing skills education by offering Bachelor of Vocation and Master’s of Vocation degrees.
This consultative seminar – conducted jointly by the Maharashtra State Skills Development Society, Government of Maharashtra; Tata Institute of Social Sciences – School of Vocational Education (TISS-SVE) and Observer Research Foundation (ORF) – will focus on the role of higher educational institutes in contributing to this target. It will discuss current practices for effectiveness and sustainability, evaluate policy gaps, address integration of various skills programmes and deliberate on international best practices in VET in higher education. The seminar will begin with experts enunciating concepts in skilling, followed by discussions on achievements, gaps and drawbacks of Skill India mission. The seminar aims to assess and gather experiences from various stakeholders through the process and create a fine print for the way ahead in accomplishing the massive task of skilling India’s population.