Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Current Affairs - 2020

MSDE, IBM jointly launches Skills Build platform

The Union Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has launched the Skills Build platform in collaboration with IBM, an American multinational IT (information technology) company.

About Skills Build platform

SkillsBuild offers digital learning content from IBM and partners like CodeDoor, Skillsoft and Coorpacademy. The programme offers a 2-year advanced diploma in IT, networking and cloud computing at Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) & National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs). The platform co-created and designed by IBM will also be extended to train ITI & NSTI faculty on building skills in Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The digital platform will also provide a personal assessment of cognitive capabilities and personality via MyInnerGenius to the enrolled students. They will then learn foundational knowledge about digital technologies, as well as professional skills like resume-writing, communication and problem solving. The Students will also receive recommendations on role-based education for specific jobs that include technical as well as professional learning.

This initiative is also part of IBM’s global commitment to create a job-ready workforce and to build Next-Gen of skills needed for new collar careers. The platform is deployed with support of leading NGOs such as Unnati and Edunet Foundation. Thereby, IBM Volunteers along with NGOS will offer students personalised coaching and experiential learning opportunities.


This Skills Build platform initiative will help youth to scale themselves as per changing market trends. The platform will also help students develop technical as well as professional skills needed for competitive ‘new collar’ jobs. It will also reinforce IBM’s commitment in enabling life-long learning in India and aligning with Skills India initiative by Union Government.

Skill India partners with Ministry of Power for implementation of Saubhagya Scheme

The Ministry of Power has partnered with Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship to train the manpower in six states for speedy implementation of its Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna (Saubhagya Scheme). These six states are Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.

Key Facts

Under this partnership, around 47,000 Distribution Lineman-Multi Skills and 8,500 Technical Helpers will be trained to meet the requirement of power sector projects under Saubhagya scheme. The training infrastructures will be available with ITI’s at district level as well as infrastructures available with State Power Distribution Utilities will be utilized for skill training of candidates ensuring successful implementation of scheme.

Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna (Saubhagya Scheme)

Objective: To achieve universal household electrification in all parts of the country. The scheme primarily benefits rural areas, which have vast majority of households without power connections.

Funding: Total outlay of scheme is Rs. 16,320 crore of which Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) is Rs. 12,320 crore. It is being funded to extent of 60% by central grants, 30% by bank loans and 10% by states. Of total outlay of Rs 16,320 crore, rural areas will get Rs 14,025 crore. For urban households outlay is Rs. 2,295 crore. States will be provided with incentive of 50% of their loan being converted to grants, if electrification targets under the scheme are met by 31 December 2018.

Identification of beneficiaries: The government will use Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data to identify beneficiaries for free electricity connections. Un-electrified households not covered under SECC data will also be provided electricity connections on payment of Rs. 500 which will be recovered by DISCOMs in 10 installments through electricity bill.

Implementing agencies: The Rural Electrification Corporation Limited under Ministry of Power is nodal agency for the operationalisation of the scheme throughout the country. To ensure on-the-spot registration, mobile applications will be used. Gram Panchayat and public institutions in rural areas will be authorised to carry out billing and collection tasks.

Benefits: Free connections will be provided to below poverty line (BPL) households and even those not covered under this category can avail electricity connection by paying Rs. 500 in 10 instalments with their monthly bill. There will be no subsidy component for monthly electricity consumption.

Remote areas: For those household where national electricity grid cannot reach, households will be provided with solar power packs along with battery banks. Remote hamlets will be powered with solar panels along with 5 LED lamps, DC fan and plug point along with repair and maintenance for five years.