The Union Minister for Human Resource, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal, informed that under Ministry of Human Resource Development’s purview, various skill oriented courses are implemented by University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). These courses implemented through Community Colleges, Bachelor of Vocation courses (B.VoC) & Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) Kausal Kendras to boost the employability of youth.
All the universities and colleges in the country have the option of adopting these approved skill education courses. Currently, there are 1109 courses being run by 556 institutions (300 B.VoC. colleges, 188 Community Colleges and 68 DDU Kaushal Kendras), in which 38,414 students are receiving skill training with certification.
However, there is no formal MoU between the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. But still both the Ministries are working together for development and implementation of vocational courses. The assessment and certification of skill development courses being implemented by the institutions under MHRD is done by Sector Skill Councils (SSCs), which comes under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
Earlier, in June 2019, during the review meeting, Minister highlighted the importance of quality education and the need to create as many vocational courses as possible in order to push the youth into the employment stream without delay.
The Minister advised the officers to set up a definite target of employment generation through these courses. He further asked to customize the courses region-wise by providing proper linkages with industry, trade and employment opportunities.