New Delhi: The National Policy on Skill Development and Skill India Mission was announced in 2015, with the aim to tackle the skill challenges of India by addressing inadequate overall capacity for skilling and acute shortages in critical areas on average/poor quality and employability of the skilling eco-system, low aspirational value associated with skill acquisition, and the lack of vertical progression pathways for vocational education.
The Indian Institute of Skills (IISs) was conceptualized to address above mentioned issues and to develop state-of-the-art skill institutions. The vision behind setting up IIS is to build world-class skill training centres by learning from and imbibing best practices from internationally renowned existing skill institutions.
IISs are envisaged to have unique features that would make them different from the existing setup of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), Polytechnics, and Advanced Training Institutes (ATIs) (which are now known as National Skill Training Institutes).
The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of setting up of IISs at three locations in the country at Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), Mumbai (Maharashtra) and Ahmedabad (Gujarat). This Ministry has requested the Government of Gujarat to locate/identify the land for setting up of IIS at Ahmedabad.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship RK Singh in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.
Even as India’s skilling provisions are in need of development, the country has experienced remarkable growth in the number of new businesses in the past few years – something of a startup boom. Recognising that India has the third largest pool of startups globally, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu commented that these are constructive disruptions in the economy.
Just a few days ago, the Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mahendra Nath Pandey also invited applications from students & entrepreneurs for IndiaSkills 2020, a biennial competition to scout talent from the country, and conferred the National Entrepreneurship Awards for which over 6,000 startups submitted applications.
Earlier in November, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh awarded Rs 3 crore to two startups, while other members of Government, including the Science & Tech Minister Harsh Vardhan, are urging students to engage in entrepreneurship.
Only a week before before Vardhan said that, researchers at IIT-Madras announced they have developed an AI software that can solve engineering problems and will be founding a startup around it.
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