Government to skill 1.2 crore people in FY16

New Delhi, July 16:The government on Thursday said it has set a target of skilling 1.2 crore people in the current fiscal under the ‘Skill India’ mission.

“During 2015-16 itself, there is a target to provide skill training to about 120 lakh youth in the country by the central government.

“While 60% of the skill training would be done through the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, the balance would be done through 20 other Ministries/ Departments of the government,” Ministry of Skills Development & Entrepreneurship said in a statement.

The target includes 24 lakh youth to be trained/certified under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

The initiatives launched include National Skill Development Mission, National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015, PMKVY scheme and the Skill Loan scheme.

The government has set a target of skilling 40.02 crore people by 2022.

Besides, under the ‘common norms’ for skill training recently approved by the government, skill training course has been defined to be of minimum duration of 200 hours for fresh training and at least 80 hours for skill upgradation.

“Common norms for skill training have been introduced with a view to ensure basic minimum standards for skill training.

With this, the target for skill training would be revisited and fresh targets for different Ministries/Department for the year 2015-16 would be notified shortly,” the statement said.