A Skill India International Centre is set to come up at Varanasi. The National Skill Development Council International (NSDCI) and the Indian unit of DP World, Hindustan Ports have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop the Centre at Varanasi.
Skill India International Centres are aimed at providing high-quality training to Indian youth. They will host training facilities, and provide skills as per the demand of international employers in countries such as United Arab Emirates (UAE), Canada, Australia and other GCC regions.
The Varanasi Centre will skill Indian youth and make them ready for jobs overseas in logistics, port operations and allied areas. The skills imparted will be of international standards so that the candidates are made ready for the global markets.
On the occasion, Union Minister of Education & Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan that the Indian government is working to fulfill the aspirations of India’s youth and prepare them for the future of work.
With this move, the Indian government is creating a reliable, qualified and an able workforce that will drive economic success, not only for India but for other economies of the world too.
The Minister further highlighted that this partnership will further strengthen ties between India and the UAE.
According to Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Hon’ble Minister of State for Entrepreneurship & SMEs, UAE, “This association will be beneficial in addressing and meeting the emerging skills needed by both economies’ labour markets”.
The two sides agreed to develop and strengthen a comprehensive institutional framework for engaging all relevant stakeholders to scale up skills-based cooperation, including in upskilling of the workforce, training of trainers, facilitating exchange programmes and apprenticeship engagement.
Recognition of certificates issued by Indian Skilling Centres in UAE and renewal of G-to-G mechanism between Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, GOI & National Qualifications Authority, UAE were also discussed for liberalising the process of assessment and certification of the Indian workforce and to ensure greater mobility for them.
The Skill India International Centres will also have a wide network of partnering organisations and overseas recruiters to facilitate the supply of skilled and certified workforce in other countries.
These partnering organisations will work with NSDCI to aggregate demand from overseas markets. These centres will also offer services such as mobilisation, counselling, skill training, pre-departure orientation, foreign language training, placement and immigration and post-placement support.
The MoU was exchanged between Ved Mani Tiwari, director, NSDC International and Mohammed Al Muallem, executive vice president, DP World and director, HPPL in the presence of Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Education & Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; Minister of State for Skill Development& Entrepreneurship Rajeev Chandrasekar; Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship & SMEs, UAE; Rajesh Aggarwal, secretary, MSDE; Sunjay Sudhir, Ambassador of India to UAE and Rizwan Soomar, CEO and managing director, DP World subcontinent.