National Skill Development Corporation Current Affairs - 2020

AI-based ASEEM Digital Platform Launched To Bridge the Demand-Supply Gap of the Skilled Workforce

To bridge the demand-supply gap in the market across all the sectors in the country for the skilled workforce, on 10th July 2020, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based digital portal was launched that will address the same by improving the information flow. The name of the digital portal is ‘Aatamanirbhar Skilled Employee Employer Mapping (ASSEM)’.

The portal is launched by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. The portal can be accessed at- ‘https://smis.nsdcindia.org/’.

ASEEM Portal

ASEEM is also available as a mobile application. By collaborating with Bengaluru based company- Betterplace, the portal is developed and managed by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

The portal will be used as a match-making engine by providing real-time data analytics that will help to map skilled workers with the jobs available. For searching for employment opportunities, a skilled worker has to first register him/her at the portal by visiting the ‘Candidate Application’ interface. There are two more interfaces in the portal’ Employer Portal and Dashboard.

Under Employer Portal Interface the employers will be uploading the details such as job roles, employer onboarding, candidate selection, etc. The Dashboard interface will provide reports, trends, and will highlight the demand-supply gaps in the skilled labour ecosystem of the country.

Government appoints AM Naik as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation

Union Government has appointed Anil Manibhai Naik as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). He is currently Group Chairman of engineering conglomerate Larsen and Toubro (L&T). He was awarded Padma Bhushan, India’s 3rd highest civilian award in 2009 for his outstanding contribution to economic growth of the country.

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)

NSDC is Public Private Partnership (PPP) under Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE). It was founded in 2009 as not-for-profit company by Ministry of Finance to address need for providing skilled manpower across various industry sectors. Government of India (GoI) through MSDE holds 49% of share capital of NSDC, while private sector has balance 51% of the share capital. NSDC aims to promote skill development by catalyzing creation of large, quality and for-profit vocational institutions. Its objective is to create training capacity in the country; fund vocational training initiatives and create market ecosystem for skill development. Its mandate is to train 150 million people by 2022. It is also involved in re-skilling and also in catering to skilled manpower requirement of overseas markets, most notably that of Japan (under TITP) and UAE.