Skill India Mission 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.

Highlights

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.

NSTI

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.

Skill India gets its first Batch of IES officers to ISDS cadre

The first batch of newest central government services, ‘Indian Skill Development Services’ (ISDS) commenced their training program at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Mysuru, Karnataka. This is the first batch which is joining ISDS cadre from Indian Engineering Service (IES) Examination conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission).

Key Highlights

As this is the 1st batch of young minds from IES to be included in Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), the aim behind it is to attract young and talented administrators towards institutionalizing Skill Development environment in country.

The new service will give a new impetus to central government’s skilling initiative by significantly improving efficiency and effective implementation of various schemes.

In coming years MSDE will be able to create a workforce of trained skill administrators who will further enable ministry to achieve the set goals of the Skill India Mission.

About Indian Skill Development Services

It is the newest central government services and has 263 all India posts.

This service has been specially created for Training Directorate of Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).

The ISDS service caters to highly specific task of skill development and thus is a unique combination of skills, technology, management and public service.

It is a Group ‘A’ service and the cadre comprises of 3 posts at Senior Administrative Grade, 28 posts at Junior Administrative Grade, 120 posts at Senior Time Scale and 112 posts at Junior Time Scale.