New Delhi: The Ministry of Skill Development has invited comments and suggestions from citizens on the Sharada Prasad Committee constituted to review, rationalise and optimise the functioning of sector skill councils by 10 May. The report was submitted to the ministry recently and put up in public domain on 25 April for engaging the stakeholders in the process.
The report is in three volumes. Volume I is the main report, which deals with the major challenges facing vocational education and training system of the country and convergence, synergy and rationalisation of sector skill councils. Volume II contains appendices arranged chapter-wise. Volume III deals with maps of the National Classification of Occupations, 2015, with National Industrial Classification, 2008.
The ministry is now in the process of examining the report and the recommendations made therein. Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) are industry-led and industry-governed bodies mandated to ensure that skill-development efforts made by all the stakeholders are in accordance with the actual needs of the industry and develop national occupational standards and competency standards and qualification packs.
Presently, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has approved the formation of 40 SSCs in different sectors. In order to ensure the convergence and optimal functioning of SSCs as per the mandate of the National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, 2015, the government constituted a committee to review the functioning of the SSCs and provide a roadmap for their harmonious growth so as to ensure effective development of the ecosystem of skill development.
The committee was constituted by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship on 18 May 2016 under the chairmanship of Sharada Prasad, former Director General, Directorate General of Employment & Training, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India.