NEW DELHI: Following the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Skill India mission, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was exchanged on Friday between the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Skill Development Network (SDN) Trust for collaboration on technical and programme management support for the skill development programmes of the Defence Ministry.
Approximately 60,000 service personnel retire or are released every year at a comparatively young age. Directorate General Resettlement (DGR) assists the service personnel due for retirement or release in one to two years and Ex-servicemen (ESM) to acquire additional skills and facilitate their resettlement through a financially viable career serving civil society. Skill development would go a long way towards supporting gainful employment of these ESM.
The move provides programme management support to the MoD in its Skill Development initiatives such as successful roll out of National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) based skill training to ESMs, supporting NSQF compliant training programmes through Ordnance Factory Boards, Defence Public Sector Units and introduction of vocational education in schools run by defence forces.The goals of this MoU are to integrate e-content in the curriculum of the various training programmes to improve the employability of the trainees and training and development of the key officials or institutional heads within the MoD and its affiliates for knowledge and capacity enhancement for skill development and entrepreneurship training.
The Ministry claims the collaboration aims to train, provide gainful employment to approximately 3,00,000 ESMs and their families, school students and youth in five years starting from Financial Year 2015-16.