Ministry of Skill Development Current Affairs - 2020

NSTIs of Skill Development to be used as Quarantine Centres for COVID-19

On March 29, 2020, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has decided to convert National skill Training Institutes (NSTI) into quarantine isolation facilities.


Along with Quarantine Centres, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is to provide 1 lakh personnel trained in healthcare skills to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. These personnel were trained under Skill India Mission. Also, the ministry is to share 2,00 health care trainers and 500 health care assessors with the Health Ministry.


National Skill Training Institutes (NSTI) are run by the Directorate General of Training. It operates under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. They train personnel according to the current need of Government of India. This is based on the welfare schemes or the sectors the government intends to develop in the recent times.

Skill India Mission

Skill India Mission was launched in 2015 by PM Modi. It aims to train more than 40 crore people in different skills by 2022. The United Kingdom has entered into partnership with India under the mission.

SANKALP (skill Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion Programme) is one of the biggest initiatives of Skill India Mission. So far, GoI has invested Rs 4,000 crores in the mission.

Trade apprentices to get minimum monthly stipend: Govt

Union Ministry for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has notified changes in Apprenticeship Rules (1992) as Apprenticeship (Amendment) Rules, 2019 with an aim to increase skilled manpower in the country, and raise minimum stipend payable to trade apprentices.

Key Highlights

As per the government the minimum stipend payable to trade apprentices will be on qualification based and would range from Rs.5000 per month to Rs.9000 per month from now onwards.

Also, the employers having four or more workers are eligible to engage apprentices. Government appealed to the states to take all possible steps to implement the law related to apprenticeship in companies.

MSDE Ministry has also launched ‘Apprenticeship Pakhwada’, a 15-day cross-country event aimed at driving widespread awareness of the Apprenticeship. It is in collaboration with 22 organizations to provide apprenticeship training to more than 2.5 lakh youth in India.

With skill development being the priority, the government also seeks to create a new structure of Kaushal Vikas Mitra from the state level to the village level.

Who is a Trade apprentice?

A person who undergoes apprenticeship training in any designated trade i.e. any occupation/trade/any subject field in technology/engineering/non – engineering/any vocational course as notified by Union Government.

Eligibility: Class 8, 10, 12 and ITI (a certificate course) pass- outs are eligible to undergo apprenticeship in designated trades for trade apprentices. In some trades, B.Sc. pass is also a prescribed qualification.