February 26, 2016

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Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana: Skill Development Scheme

Only a small fraction of workforce has formal skill training. We have many
sectors where the rationale of skilled and trained people gets affected due to poor quality of workforce. However, large sections of the country’s youth are looking for livelihood opportunities. Keeping this fact in mind Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).

What is Pradhan Kaushal Vikas Yojana?
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is the flagship outcome-based skill training scheme of the new Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE). It is a result of those promises of PM Narendra Modi to impart skills-based training to youth, in a manner to make them capable of earning and supporting the country’s anti poverty efforts.
Last year the Indian government gave a formal go –ahead to PMKVY with a total pay out of approximately INR 1,500 crores to impart skills training to atleast 24 lakh youth of country which includes Class X/XII dropouts and lower income groups through the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

Objectives of Pradhan Kaushal Vikas Yojana
The objective of this Scheme is to support skill development for youth by providing monetary rewards for successful completion of approved training programs. The scheme particularly focuses on:
·        Promote standardization in the certification process and initiate a process of creating a registry of skills
·        Candidates undergoing the skill training by authorized institutions would be rewarded with an average monetary reward of Rs. 8,000 per candidate.
·        Mobilize a large number of Indian youth to take up skill training.
·        Facilitate monetary incentives for Skill Certification to boost employability and productivity of
·        Youth by inculcating required skills trainings.
·        Provide benefit to 24 lakh youth at an approximate total cost of Rs. 1,500 Crores.

Enrollment process
The government has tied up with several telecom operators and social platforms to reach the mass about the PMKVY. Interested candidates are require to give a miss call on the toll free number which they receive through SMS, following which they will receive an automated call connecting them to an IVR. The candidate has to provide his/her details into the system. The details then further will be screened and he/she will receive a call to report at the nearest training center on the training date.

Training providers
The training providers have to undergo due diligence before being registered with NSDC. Government affiliated training centres and other training partners will be approved by the SSCs on the basis of guidelines issued by NSDC. As per the process manual, even the government affiliated training providers will undergo due diligence.
Franchise with the first level are only eligible but the same should be declared in advance.

Assessment and Certification
The skill training assessment will be done by third party on national standards. Under PMKVY trainees with prior competencies and skills will be assessed and further provided monetary rewards for undergoing assessments. This will also facilitate the process of skill up gradation and re-skilling of the existing workforce.

Who can apply?
This Scheme is applicable to any candidate of Indian nationality who:
a) undergoes a skill development training in an eligible sector by an eligible training provider as defined above;
b) is certified during the span of one year from the date of launch of the scheme by approved assessment agencies as defined above;
c) is availing of this monetary award for the first and only time during the operation of this Scheme.

Reward Amounts
Monetary reward for a range of job roles within a sector varies for different as per job role levels. There are large incentives kept for training in manufacturing, construction and plumbing sectors.  Aadhaar number will be used for unique identification of each candidate before transferring the amount in the account.

For Skills Training
For Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
NSQF Levels
Plumbing &
Construction sectors
Other sectors
&Construction sectors
Other sectors
Level 1 &2


Level 3 &4
Level 5 &6

Candidates are required to pay the training and assessment fees to PMKVY affiliated Training Partners. On successful completion of training and assessment, candidates will be offered a monetary reward and Government certification. The Public is warned to be cautious of unauthorised non-affiliated Training Centers.

How to find a training center
Select the affiliated, de-affiliated and job roles available by selecting the appropriate option.

In case of any query/question do let us know in the comment section below. Our team will try to address the concern soon.   


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