Skill India Current Affairs - 2020

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MSDE distributes Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) certificates to candidates

Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) announced and distributed Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) certificates to 500 candidates to boost their morale.

About Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Program

Recognition of Prior Learning certificates: The certified candidates are trained as well as assessed on their skill set under Recognition of prior Learning program of MSDE’s Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). The certification will mobilise quality workforce and will reduce employer dependence for recognition, particularly for women who form a large part of workforce.

RPL Program:  It is a program of Skill India that aims to certify the workforce as per National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) to rewards and enhance value of skilled manpower. RPL recognizes and certifies skills acquired through informal means, thus bringing about a major shift from un-organized sector to organized economy.

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.

Significance

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.