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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has signed off on a one-year target for the Skill India Mission, which will lead to addition of 5,000 more Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) to India’s existing pool of over 13,000 such institutions, export trained manpower abroad and make skill training aspirational, among other things.

In a review meeting with different stakeholders, including state governments, Central ministries and some industry representatives, on Thursday evening, Modi gave a roadmap for the sector so that it can scale up faster.

Here are some of the key decisions taken by PM Modi:

1) Over the next one year, the capacity of ITIs to be further enhanced from 1.85 million to 2.5 million.

2) At least 5,000 new ITIs will be created. India has more than 13,000 ITIs right now producing trained manpower largely for the manufacturing sector.

3) A Central Board for Skills Certification will be created by September 2016 to “infuse quality into India’s skill development ecosystem". The board to be created on the lines of CBSE will be the assessment and certification body for skill trained people.

4) 15 million people to be skill trained in 2016-17.

5) The government will set up 50 Overseas Employment Skill Training Centres this year, in migratory pockets of the country. This will help a structured export of human resource to other countries. The skill development ministry and the ministry of external affairs will jointly work for export of trained manpower.

6) Profit-making public sector units will be mandated to scale up apprenticeships, up to 10% of the total manpower, over the course of this year. Private corporations are also expected to follow suit. It means more people can be trained on the shop floor of a factory. A company which will take more apprentices may not hire them all.

7) Traditional skills will be recognized, nurtured and promoted through informal apprenticeships, under various programs.

8) Proper skill mapping and identification of the future requirements for skills, so that schoolchildren and parents are well aware of the emerging trends in the job market.

9) Among other things, the Central government will run a national competition called ‘India Skills’ “to recognize the skills of India’s youth". It will organize 500 formal job fairs and make skill training aspirational right from the school level.

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