The State Government in its budget speech of financial year 2016-17 has announced setting up of a new Department for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and livelihood. Accordingly a new Department viz Skill Development Entrepreneurship and livelihood was created vide GO No. ಸಿಆಸುಇ 164 ಸಉಸೇ2016, Dated: 24.09.2016 with an objective of bringing Skill Development Programmes of various departments of Government of Karnataka under one Department. This Department will be under the direct control of the Chief Minister.
Karnataka State has a very young population which provides a unique 25 years opportunity for demographic dividend by skilling its manpower to enhance their employability, productivity and competiveness. An integrated Ministry with high power Skill Mission Chaired by the Hon’ble Chief Minister with an overarching role of regulating, standardizing, promoting, monitoring, planning and implementing is desirable to converge the resources, institutional strengths and programmes of various departments for skilling in the State of Karnataka. This will align state initiatives with the National Skill Development Policy for focused and sustained skilling and employability. This will also avoid any duplication of programmes, infuse economy of scales with stronger investment in institutional capacities and properly funded schemes for the development of skilling in public and private sector. The mission will have industry and market interface to provide best facilities to skill the young ones to ensure youth emerging from the formal education are employable with job or self-employment oriented skills and to ensure people stuck in the low income jobs and in the unorganized sectors can access growth opportunities through up-skilling / re-skilling and recognition of prior learning. This will improve supply and quality of workforce for the industry contributing to increased productivity and make skilling aspirational for the youth.
The new mission will strive to conform to the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) and promote mobility between vocational and general education and accelerated Global mobility by standardization and consistency. This mission will take up all the roles and responsibilities of various departments on skilling where such departments do not have any comparative advantage. To avoid exclusion and inclusion errors and duplications, the mission will be responsible for selection of beneficiaries and monitoring of all the skilling programmes in the state.
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