New Delhi: Union Minister of Labour and Employment Mallikarjun Kharge today informed the Rajya Sabha that Vocational training to school leavers, existing workers, ITI graduates, etc. is being provided to improve their employability by optimally utilizing the infrastructure available in Govt., private institutions and the Industry under a scheme titled "Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS)" based on "Modular Employable Skills (MES)". There are 1260 modules covering 59 sectors under MES in operation now.
Replying to a written question the minister said that some of the ITIs are also located in rural areas of the country providing training under Craftsmen Training Scheme as well as Modular Employable Skills.
A project titled "Kaushal Vikas Yojana" has been formulated to set up 1500 new Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and 5000 Skill Development Centres (SDCs) in Public Private Partnership (PPP). These ITIs & SDCs are proposed to be set up preferably in unserviced blocks, disadvantaged blocks, hilly areas, difficult areas, border areas to reduce the regional imbalance in respect of skill development opportunities. The SDCs are proposed to be set up in rural areas and operate training courses as per the requirement of local labour market. One SDC is proposed to cater to an agglomerate of 10-12 villages. The scheme is in the process of approval.