Why Is Skill Development Important?

Skill development is an initiative that aims at standardizing skills amongst rural and semi-urban youth. These areas often have a high number of individuals who are inspired and capable but lack the resources and drive to seek out employment opportunities. Skill development initiatives aim to significantly change that. 


The Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana is one such initiative. It was launched by the Government of India on 16th July 2015 and is currently an active initiative. Under this initiative, the employable youth of India is provided with quality training which would eventually help them seek out employment opportunities beyond that of a daily wage worker.


The aim is also to provide them with a job that gives them a stable source of income that is regular and more than that of a daily wage worker. Having an income helps empower them and makes them continue to work hard. 

The youths tend to drop out of school or even college. This initiative is inclusive to those youths as well. It also aims to increase productivity in the already existing workforce. The Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana or PMKVY scheme targets the mobilization of youth followed by their enrollment into preferred job roles, training, assessment, certification, placement, and placement tracking. 


There are certain stages of getting trained and certified under the Pradhan Mantri skill development initiative. 

  1. Finding a training center: In order to find a training center, these numbers can be called.

  1. AISECT’s NSDC-PMU department – 0755-2432832

  2. AISECT-NSDC PMKK department – 0755-2432837

  3. AISECT HO reception – 0755-2432950/930


Or, one can visit the website www.pmkvyofficial.org and do the following:

  1. Click on the ‘Find a training center’ tab

  2. Fill the desired state and district information

  3. Type ‘AISECT SKILLS MISSION’ under ‘TP Name’ and click on search


  1. Enrollment: Once the training center that has the skill an individual is looking for is found, they must visit the center, with their documents like Aadhar card, passport size photos, and their qualification certificates. A counselor is assigned to each individual in order to help them solve any queries they may have about the initiative. A course is suggested to the individual based on their qualifications. Details are also given about the career and placement opportunities after the course. Since this is an initiative by the government, no fee has to be paid. 

  2. Training: According to the guidelines laid down by NSDC, complete training will be provided to these individuals with the help of state of the art equipment and infrastructure. The duration of the training varies depending on the job role. Soft skills and linguistic training is a part of the course curriculum regardless of which skill is chosen.

  3. Assessment and certification: Upon completion of the training, assessment is done by an external third party or assessment agency. During the assessment, applicants have to carry their Aadhar cards. The assessment can be either online or offline. On clearing the assessment, the individual gets certified by NSDC.


These are the steps required, after which placement services are provided to the individual. 


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