August 16, 2013
Finance Minister Shri. P Chidambaram on 16th Aug 2013 unveiled the National Skill Certification and Monetary Reward scheme on pan-India basis that hopes to encourage youths to acquire skills and make them employable.
"This will help the country reap demographic dividend. Young men must come forward to take the advantage of the scheme to upgrade their skills," Chidambaram said while launching the scheme.
Retailers Association’s Skill Council of India (RASCI) has been selected for the pilot launch of STAR (Standard Training Assessment and Reward) scheme being one of the more evolved Sector Skill Councils in the skilling eco-system. RASCI Chairman Shri. Bijay Sahoo was invited to meet the Finance Minister and other dignitaries. The key functionaries from RASCI – James. A Raphael, COO and R. Subramanian, Head – HR & Operation Services were also present at the event held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
STAR (Standard Training Assessment and Reward) is a first of its kind scheme to be launched in the country. The scheme was first proposed by the Finance Minister in the last Union Budget to allocate Rs 1,000 Crores for a scheme that will motivate the youth of this country to acquire a vocational skill. This scheme is expected to benefit a million people financially who wish to acquire a new skill or upgrade their skills to a higher level in the first year of its implementation.
Launching the Scheme, Chidambaram said that the government is committed to improving the skills of the youth in the country. The STAR scheme that is being launched today is yet another proof of this government's commitment to leaving no stone unturned in achieving the National Skilling Mission target.
The Finance Minister said that during 2004-05 and 2009-10, 20 million jobs were created in the country and employment rate declined from 8.3 percent to 6.6 percent.
He said that with the advancement of technology, the youth need to upgrade their skills for better opportunities.
The Minister assured that gathering money will not be a constraint for achieving the National Skilling Target. “If we can skill 1 million people in one year, it will be money (Rs 1,000 Crores) well spent. And if we can skill 1.5 million people in a year Rs 1,500 Crores will be well spent,” the Finance Minister said.
Chidambaram emphasized that assessment and certification should be based on rigorous norms for ensuring true value to it. He urged the youth of the country and all key decision influencers like parents, teachers, mentors and employers to come forward and make best use of the benefits of this scheme.
The FM also presented medallions to three winners of the World Skill Competition (WSC) held in Germany in July. The winners are Bhabesh Jana for Jewellery, Arun Raj Balasubramanium for Graphic Design and Sarthak Jain for IT Solutions and Applications.
The National Skilling Mission envisages adding 500 million skilled Indians by the year 2022. While 150 million are expected to be contributed by the private sector working under National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), 350 million will be contributed by 18-odd ministries at the Centre.
Giving an impetus to its various skill development programmes targeting youth, Union Minister for Rural Development Shri. Jairam Ramesh announced that that MoRD is contemplated to skill at least one youth from each family which had availed of 100 day employment under the MNREGA scheme with placement support. He also urged the sector skill councils and training partners under NSDC in particular to pay more attention to the development in the rural sector.
Participating at the launch of the new scheme, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Shri. Montek Singh Ahluwalia urged the industry to invest in skill development and said that when the economic growth comes, the industry must not feel the shortage of skilled manpower. He further said, “Training is going to be strictly job oriented with the active involvement of skill development councils. This can achieve full scale before the end of the 12th Five Year Plan.”
He further added in his remarks that while the scheme itself has been created as an inclusive mechanism to benefit people in all walks of life, NSDC has defined skills in the right perspective and delivery of skills is now through an open architecture.
While the scheme envisages covering a million skilled people under this scheme, sufficient processes have also been pre-defined to ensure that the quality of the skill imparted is world-class. The monetary reward is strictly depended on obtaining a certificate that will be issued by qualified assessors after necessary tests have been passed. The skills are also benchmarked to National Occupational Standards that have been developed by NSDC with the support of the Sector Skill Councils.
Shri. S Ramadorai, chairman of National Skill Development Corporation said that the skilling mission has to be inclusive. The approach must be 'no Indian will be left behind' if we are to achieve our ambitious National Skilling Mission target.
Commenting on the new scheme, he said, “Very simply put the scheme visualizes the Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) set up under the National Skill Development Policy 2009 to carry out an occupation mapping of their sectors and develop National Occupation Standards along with qualification packs for entry level jobs for level 1-4 as envisaged under the National Qualification Framework. These standards could then be used by any training organisation to deliver training and authorised assessors could carry out third party assessments on successful certification, the candidates would be given a certificate issued by the SSC and the reward money would be transferred to the bank account of the candidate. The candidate is expected to pay at least 25% of the course fees and the reward money could be used to pay part of the course fees.”Commenting on the new scheme, he said, “Very simply put the scheme visualizes the Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) set up under the National Skill Development Policy 2009 to carry out an occupation mapping of their sectors and develop National Occupation Standards along with qualification packs for entry level jobs for level 1-4 as envisaged under the National Qualification Framework. These standards could then be used by any training organisation to deliver training and authorised assessors could carry out third party assessments on successful certification, the candidates would be given a certificate issued by the SSC and the reward money would be transferred to the bank account of the candidate. The candidate is expected to pay at least 25% of the course fees and the reward money could be used to pay part of the course fees.”
The major highlights of the scheme are:
The Finance Minister released the National Occupational Standards and the training course ware for nine sectors which are participating in pilot – Retail, Automotive, Security, Telecom, Leather, BFSI, Health, Gems & Jewellery and Rubber.