Skill India Current Affairs - 2020

“Manodarpan” initiative to be launched by Ministry of HRD

On July 21, 2020, Ministry of Human Resources and Development will launch “Manodarpan” initiative under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. The initiative is being launched to provide psychosocial support to the students for their mental well being.


The Ministry of Human Resources and Development believes that it is essential to provide focus on mental health of the students along with academic importance. This will help to strengthen human capital base in the country. Also, the initiative will increase overall productivity of working-age population in the country.

Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan

The programme aims to make India self-reliant. In order to achieve this, GoI has allocated Rs 20 lakh crores. The fund allocated is to be used in sectors that will make India, self-reliant. This includes Agriculture, MSME, fisheries, animal husbandry, diary industry, etc.

How will Manodarpan help in Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan?

For India to become self-reliant, the work force should be strong and highly skilled. Through the initiative, India will strengthen its future work force, especially during COVID-19 times. Students should be kept motivated and focused towards education. They are the backbone of skills of future India. Thus, the initiative will help the country become self-reliant.

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.