Skill development authority on Cabinet meet agenda today

The Union Cabinet on Thursday will take up for approval a proposal to set up the National Skill Development Authority (NSDA), a permanent body located either in the Planning Commission or the Finance Ministry and guided by a Cabinet committee headed by the Prime Minister.

The NSDA is being conceived as a body tasked to ensure training of human resources by institutionalising a new approach to skills development. The NSDA, if approved, will subsume the PM's Council on Skill Development, office of the Adviser to the PM on Skill Development that is currently headed by S Ramadorai, and Mission on Skill Development under the Planning Commission.

A GoM had been set up after some ministers had expressed reservations on the proposed NSDA. The HRD ministry, which manages most of the skill development programmes, had questioned the need for such a centralised body and maintained that it would lead to duplication of efforts. The Planning Commission, which is piloting the proposal, has stressed that the NSDA will coordinate and synergise the current efforts by the ministries.

The Authority is expected to oversee, support and speed up existing skill development efforts of the central government and state-level skill development missions. It will lay down strategies, financing and governing models to expedite skill development activities.

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