National Skill Development Corporation gets international recognition

Source: The Economic Times, Jun 11, 2018

Ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship’s training institute National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) that trains youngsters in almost all districts of India to make them employable, has been endorsed by the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO as a member of the UNEVOC network.

The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre is one of seven UNESCO institutes working in education located at the United Nations Campus in Bonn in Germany. The organisation has been scouting for organisations that it can work with for the last few years. It finally zeroed in on NSDC and gave it full endorsement last week, official sources said.

UNESCO-UNEVOC works towards developing and strengthening technical and vocational training and undertakes its activities through a global network of institutions imparting skill education with a mandate to provide sustainable education.

This endorsement, said top government officials, will increase the engagement with Indian authorities and international experts to bring best ideas and technology related to skilling in India.

Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC, said the endorsement “showed there are lessons for the world to learn from our skilling programme that gives a lot of attention to jobs needs at the grassroots. The endorsement gives us the confidence that we are on the right track. It is a startup ministry but it is being recognised by international influential players, which is a validation in itself.”

“It is a recognition of the knowledge capacity we have built that can be studied and customised depending on whichever the country adopts it,” Kumar said.

There are 27 sectors in which NSDC skills youngsters, of which those related to manufacturing, service sector and technology are popular at the grassroots. Apart from this, a representative from Germany will also be stationed at NSDC in New Delhi from this year to look at “the best possible ways to customise the best of German skill training model in the Indian ecosystem,” Kumar said.

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