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President Shri Pranab Mukherjee here inaugurated the first edition of India Skills Competitionon the occasion of World Youth Skills Day in the gracious presence of Union Ministers Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Smt. Smriti Irani, Shri Prakash Javadekar, Dr Jitendra Singh and Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy. At the occasion Skill India is also celebrating its first anniversary.

Marking the first anniversary of the Skill Indiainitiative, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) also announced the launch of five major initiatives reinforcing Ministry’s commitment to the youth of India. These initiatives are Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 2.0, India International Skill Centres, India Skills Online and a Labour Management Information System (LMIS). These initiatives were launched by the President Shri Pranab Mukherjee.

Skill India is seeing a great traction and is all geared to meet its philosophy of speed, scale and standards ensuring there is opportunity to get skilled for all. In the past 15 days, MSDE has got cabinet approvals on 22,000 crore worth of outlay for programs like Apprenticeship Protsahan Yojana and PMKVY 2.0, to be implemented over the next few years.

The event also saw the announcement of 50 India International Skill Centers that are slated to be open by the end of this year. The first 15 will be the following States: Uttar Pradesh (6), Kerala (2) and one each in Jharkhand, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan.Shri Mukherjee also launched a single window platform to aggregate supply and demand trends in the Indian skill development ecosystem, referred to as the National Labour Market Information System (LMIS).

The National Skills Development Agency (NSDA) is designated as the lead agency for the development of the national LMIS. NSDA is undertaking a phase wise approach for the integration of required data. The inputs from 21 ministries, State Governments, National Skill Development Corporation and Sector Skill Councils are underway to be integrated in the national database on skilling.

Another initiative of the Ministry leveraging technology to reach millions of skill seekers, the President announced the launch of India Skills Online, an online platform for learning skills of choice. With the introduction of Online Skill-learning environment, the whole nation potentially becomes a classroom. The audio-video graphical illustrations format will help internalize the concepts for the skill-seekers, faster and longer.

Earlier in the day MSDE and its partners from the skill ecosystem celebrated the day with great fanfare at multiple locations around the country. Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship flagged off a Skillathon (an awareness march) which began from India Gate, having more than 2500 youth participating in it and showcasing their solidarity towards the need and importance of skills. 40 smaller chapters of Skillathon 2016 were organised by partners of NSDC throughout Delhi and other parts of India celebrating World Youth Skills Day 2016.

India Skills is a national competition steered by Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to select the best talent who will lead India’s participation at the biennial World Skills International Competition scheduled at Abu Dhabi in 2017.

In order to select the best talent to represent India at IndiaSkills, MSDE and NSDC have completed more than 80 regional competitions in 24 skills/trades including hair stylist, welding, car painting, auto body repair, graphic designing, robotics to name a few.Close to 4820 candidates registered to participate in the competition this year. The competition concluded on 17th July, 2016.