Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship

India is paving the way towards becoming the Skill Capital of the World. With one of the youngest populations in the world, India can realise its demographic dividend through a workforce that is trained in ‘employable’ skills and is industry-ready. Harnessing this potential into a positive force for development, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) is steering positive outcomes with substantial growth in skill training, through its "Skill India" program.

Skill India Mission

The National Skill Development Mission (Skill India) is a campaign of the Government of India, launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Through the National Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Policy, the government is aims to bring about at convergence and assist in expediting cross-sectoral decisions through a high-powered decision-making framework. It enables collaboration, coordination, implementation and monitoring of skilling development activities on a pan-India basis. The mission also draws focus on engagement with countries across the world to promote cross geographical exposure and opportunities in the international markets.

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International Collaborations

NSDC, in close coordination with MSDE under the skill India initative, is actively engaging with the world in skill development through collaborations with Foreign Governments and Institutions. These collaborations broadly focus on facilitating programs related to labour mobility, capacity building, benchmarking of qualifications etc. Further, through G2G (governments) and B2B (multilateral organisations), NSDC aims at sharing its experience to provide technical advisory and implementation services to the global TVET fora.

  • Knowledge Exchange
  • Bench-marking Skill Standards
  • Training of Trainers
  • Developing Quality Assurance Framework
  • Enhancing Institutional Capacity
  • Vocational Training
  • Establishing Centres of Excellence

In the past few years, India has opened itself to foreign investments through initiatives like Invest in India, Digital India, Smart Cities, Skill India Mission etc.

Strategic Alliances with Foreign Governments and Institutions

15+ International Collaborations

NSDC has partnered with multilateral organisations such as World Bank, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNEVOC – TVET), Asian Development Bank, National University of Singapore, Temasek Foundation, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce among others for funding, technical assistance, skill mapping, impact evaluation, knowledge sharing and operational assistance.

Knowledge Sharing Initiatives

Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, through NSDC, has been actively pursuing international partnerships for exchange of knowledge and best practices. It is undertaking projects aimed at enhancing quality, efficiency and capacity of the Indian skilling ecosystem and is working collaboratively with countries such as Singapore, Finland, Sweden and Russia. Some of its notable partnerships include collaboration with Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Foundation International to strengthen the program for Training of trainers and assessors across Short Term Skilling ecosystem in India and partnership with UNESCO-UNEVOC to support TVET programs.

Capacity Building

NSDC has also hosted several countries that are keen on learning from the Indian Skilling experience such as Morocco, Maldives, PASET countries, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, China, Rwanda, Nigeria, Kenya etc. Working as a knowledge hub for TVET, NSDC is supporting the World Bank Group’s "Skilling Up Mashreq" initiative in Jordan, providing technical advisory to design a framework for digital skills.

Services Offered
  • Technical Advisory
  • Defining quality parameters for skill development centres / centre(s) of excellence
  • Adoption of Indian National Occupational Standards
  • Understanding of assessment and certification process
  • Academic Institutes to align curriculum to National Skill Qualification Framework
  • Short term skilling programs
  • Apprenticeship Scheme
  • Training of Trainers
  • Standardisation of skill qualification
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India - Poised To Become The Skill Capital of The World

Skills and knowledge are the driving forces for economic growth and social development for any country. Enriching domestic training programs through quality enhancement, gaining learnings from successful models, engaging with industry and benchmarking curriculum to international quality standards. MSDE, through its implementing agencies, is channelizing the youthful workforce to enhance productivity, employability and sustainable livelihood. It aims to offer a passage to Indian youth for overseas employment through specific programs mapped to global job requirements.

A nation willing to embrace growth and adopt changes on its journey to become an economic superpower, India provides excellent avenues for investments majorly in 33 sectors including automotive, renewable energy, defense, healthcare, textiles and garments. All these sectors have huge potential and demand for skilled workforce to generate returns and contribute to the economy.

Foreign governments and institutions can leverage India’s demographic dividend by investing in Skill India and employ the workforce which meets their demand, both domestic and international.

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India's Demographic Dividend: A Distinct Advantage

India is emerging as one of the fastest growing economies in the world with the current GDP growth rate of close to 7%*. Being one of the youngest nations in the world, India homes a favourable demographic dividend with 65% of its population falling under the working age group of 15-64 years. India is poised to become the world’s youngest country by 2020, with an average age of 29 years, and will account for around 28% of the world’s workforce.

In the last two decades, India has maintained its dominance in global sourcing of services, owing to its mature ecosystem and agile workforce. Its favourable demographics, combined with Government’s focus to produce skilled and equipped workforce, positions India to fill the void created by countries with an ageing population, and become the largest contributor to the global workforce in the coming decades.

It is a win-win situation - the countries are exporting highly qualified and skilled workers for specific requirements at low cost; and it is helping Indian professionals gain exposure to work for multiple organisations, environments, platforms and projects, thereby gaining professional enrichment.

" We are a youthful nation. Our youth are our strength. The world and India needs a skilled workforce. Let our youth get those skills that contribute towards a Strong India "

Mr. Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India

Skilled Manpower Mobility Initiatives

In view of the global labour shortage affecting many countries, Government of India is training its youth in accordance to international standards and developing a universal outlook in them.

  • Setting up of India International Skill Centres With an aim to create a working population with skills at par with trained workforce in other countries, multi India International Skill Centres (IISCs) have been setup across India. These centres are equipped with world class infrastructure to deliver internationally benchmarked training and certification programs. IISCs facilitate overseas placements through direct tie ups with Employers or Recruitment Agents. Trainees are awarded a joint certification of the Indian Sector Skill Council and an International Awarding Organisation. A pre-departure orientation (PDOT), including language training, is provided to all trainees to assist them in adapting to the country they are migrating to. Under this initiative, NSDC is closely working with Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
  • Technical Intern Training Program With Japan Strengthening the bilateral ties, the two countries India and Japan, have collaborated to promote skill development and provide opportunities to the Indian youth. MSDE and various ministries in Japan, namely Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, are supporting transfer of skills, technology, and knowledge among the two countries, thereby contributing towards the human resource development.

    As an Implementing and Monitoring Agency, NSDC is steering impactful execution of the program in India and Japan. It has empaneled over 20 Sending Organizations in India to drive the desired agenda of training the youth, who will advance their careers and contribute towards the development of the industries and companies in Japan. It entails training the workers for a specific period (3 – 5 years) in Japan’s industrial ecosystem.
  • Meeting workforce needs of United Arab Emirates NSDC has collaborated with the Emirates Driving Institute (EDI), the largest and the most successful driving institute in UAE & Middle East, and the Youth Chamber of Commerce (YCC), UAE, to establish driver training institutes in various parts of India. The collaboration aims to address the need for high quality drivers in UAE and other countries in Middle East.

    Further, National Qualifications Authority, Government of UAE and MSDE are benchmarking skill qualifications.
Implementing Organisations

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is a unique Public Private Partnership, working under the aegis of MSDE. NSDC aims to promote skill development by catalysing creation of high quality vocational institutions. It provides funding to private entities and enables support systems such as quality assurance, information systems and train the trainer academies either directly or through partnerships.

NSDC’s operational framework includes supporting fee-based training, wide a network of more than 500 Training Partners. It is also implementing Government scheme(s) such as Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) and National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS), across all states and union territories in India.

To promulgate skills in society and motivate youth to pursue vocational education, NSDC organizes skill development competitions domestically across states (via IndiaSkills) and leads the Indian contingent for International Skill Competitions (via WorldSkills).

Directorate General of Training constitutes a network of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) which are run both privately and through the Government of India. This is one of the most credible and long standing skilling ecosystem which also consists of National Skill Training Institutes (NSTI), some of which are exclusive for training of women in the country, for training of trainers and are aimed at meeting industry requirements.

National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) is engaged in promoting entrepreneurship in India. Its major functions include training of trainers, conducting management development programs, developing entrepreneurship-cum-skill development programs and workshops, developing entrepreneurship-cum-skill development programs and cluster intervention at a regional and local level.

Jan Shikshan Sansthan is functioning in collaboration with non-government-organisations (NGOs). It conducts skill training programs at doorstep of the beneficiaries, targeting socio-economically backward people from rural and tribal communities.

Confederation of Indian Industry

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process. Founded in 1895, India's premier business association has around 9000 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from around 276 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.

CII works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes. CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues.

Extending its agenda beyond business, CII assists industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with civil society organizations carry forward corporate initiatives for integrated and inclusive development across diverse domains including affirmative action, healthcare, education, livelihood, diversity management, skill development, empowerment of women, and water, to name a few.

With 66 offices, including 9 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 10 overseas offices in Australia, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Singapore, South Africa, UAE, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 355 counterpart organizations in 126 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.

CII Skilling Initiatives

Driving ‘The People’s Agenda’ since 1987, CII has been impacting millions of lives for the past three decades through its Skill Development Initiatives. We work closely with the Central and State Government, Industry, Academia and other stakeholders, both through policy advocacy and on-ground initiatives.

Impacts over one million youth annually through its various on-ground initiatives:

  • CII Multi Skill Institutes train the local youth in industry required specialized job roles in International and Fundamental courses, and help them get gainful employment / self-employment.
  • CII PARFI Skill Gurukuls are established in rural/ tribal areas for the benefit of the youth of the region. These fully residential centres operate in a unique self-sustainable model with 100% placements.
  • India Skills Report– a skill gap study released annually mapping the demands
  • Skills Competitios have been major events where CII has been extending support to Government in selection and training of competitors
  • CII Model Career Centres (MCCs) are one of the key on-ground initiatives in partnership with the Union Ministry of Labour & Employment. These facilitation centres are linking job seekers to employers, wherein CII undertakes career counselling, assessment and pre-employment skills training leading to employment.
  • Third Party Assessments - CII has been supporting Government in standardizing assessments of trainees enrolled in various Government schemes and Sector Skill Councils.
  • International Placements – CII is a sending organisation under the Indo-Japan Technical Intern Training Program (TITP) is providing international internship opportunities to the youth in partnership with
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Established 90 years ago, FICCI is the largest and oldest apex business organization in India. Its history is closely interwoven with India's struggle for independence, its industrialization, and its emergence as one of the most rapidly growing global economies.

A non-government, not-for-profit organization, FICCI is the voice of India's business and industry. From influencing policy to encouraging debate, engaging with policy makers and civil society, FICCI articulates the views and concerns of industry, reaching out to over 2,50,000 companies. FICCI serves its members from large (domestic and global companies) and MSME sectors as well as the public sector, drawing its strength from diverse regional chambers of commerce and industry.

Wish Team India
  • Amit Aggarwal

    CEO - IT -ITeS Sector Skill Council NASSCOM
    WorldSkills competitions have provided a great platform by bringing Future Skills to the fore. Our best wishes with Team India
  • Venkat Subramanian

    Managing Director , Saint-Gobain India Pvt. Limited, Gyproc Business.
    I wish Raji Reddy and all the other forty seven competitors the very best – may you bring home laurels and pride for the country! #AbSkillsKiBari
  • Devendra Jhajharia

    Paralympic Javelin Thrower, Padma Shri, Arjuna Award, Khel Ratna Award
    I would like to wish Team India all the very best for WorldSkills Competitions
  • Deepa Malik

    Paralympic Shot put Thrower, Padma Shri, Arjuna Award
    Go with joy and happiness, execute your learnings and you will definitely win, All the best to the team
  • Sachin Tendulkar

    Former Indian Cricketer, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Shri, Bharat Ratna Award
    You get a different strength when the entire nation is with you and the same strength is with you too, Give your 100% and make India proud, Team India, We are with you
  • Arunima Sinha

    Mountaineer, First Indian amputee to climb Mt. Everest, Padma Shri Award
    There would be challenges, there would be expectations too but there's a thrill in performing under those situtaions, All the best Team India
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