SANKALP 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.

MSDE launches Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship Programme with IIM Bangalore

Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) signed a contract with Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore for introducing a two-year fellowship programme called ‘Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF) programme’. The step is taken to boost skill development at the district level.

About Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship Programme

The program has been developed under able guidance and leadership of Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurshi, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey.

The programme is designed under Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP).

Objective: MGNF seeks-

  • To address challenge of non-availability of personnel for implementation of various programmes at national, state and district levels.
  • To create a cadre of young individuals and train them in a blended academic programme that provides both academic inputs and a component of field immersion at district level.

Features of Course:

MGNF programme has an in-built component of on-ground practical experience with district administration.

It is launched on a pilot basis in 75 districts across Gujarat, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Eligibility of fellows for Programme

Age group has to be in 21-30 years age-group and must be citizens of India.

They must have a graduation degree from a recognized university and also proficiency in official language of state of fieldwork will be mandatory.