Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Current Affairs - 2020

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HRD Ministry launches SHREYAS Programme

The Union Minister of Human Resources and Development Prakash Javadekar launched the Scheme for Higher Education Youth in Apprenticeship and Skills (SHREYAS) programme to provide industry-specific apprenticeship opportunities to fresh graduates.

SHREYAS

  • SHREYAS is a programme basket comprising of three initiatives of the HRD, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, and the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
  • SHREYAS focussed towards students primarily from non-technical courses will introduce employable skills into their learning, promote apprenticeship as integral to education and also amalgamate employment facilitating efforts of the government into the education system.
  • SHREYAS will provide a platform wherein educational institutions and industry would log in and provide their respective demand and supply of apprenticeship.
  • The programme promotes apprenticeship as an important part of education and integrates the government’s employment building efforts into the education system.
  • These apprenticeship courses will be available to them from academic year April-May, 2019.

SHREYAS is a major effort in the direction to make degree students more skilled, capable, employable and aligned to the needs of our economy so that they contribute to country’s progress and also obtain gainful employment.

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New norms for Jan Shikshan Sansthans

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has issued new guidelines for Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSS). The new guidelines are issued as part of an attempt by the MSDE to re-energize and reinvigorate the Jan Shikshan Sansthans. The highlights of these guidelines are:

  • Alignment of JSS course and curriculum with National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) to standardize training.
  • Decentralization of powers for JSSs by providing accountability and independence to district administration.
  • To identify and promote traditional skills in the district through skilling / upskilling.
  • Evidence-based assessment system.
  • Easy Online certification.
  • Linking JSS to Public Finance Management system to maintain transparency and accountability of the ecosystem.
  • Creating livelihood linkages.
  • Training of Trainers to develop the capacity through National Skills Training Institutes.

Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSS)

Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSS) were established to provide vocational training to non-literate, neo-literate, as well as school dropouts by identifying skills as would have a market in the region of their establishment. The scope of the JSS includes:

  • Developing an appropriate curriculum and training modules covering vocational elements of general awareness and life enrichment components.
  • Training equivalent to courses designed by the Directorate of Adult education, National Institute of Open Schooling and Director General Employment & Training.
  • Provide training to a pool of resource persons and master trainers for conducting training and also the availability of infrastructure and training – specific equipment.
  • Administer simple tests and award certificates
  • Network with employers and industries for trainees to get suitable placements.

Previously under the Ministry of Human Resources Development, the JSS’s are now working under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has also launched a new portal http://www.jss.gov.in which will furnish information on action plans, database of beneficiaries and stakeholders, details of finance and expenditure and other ongoing developments along with public log-in access.

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