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Priyam Dave|Oct 28, 2021
NEW DELHI: The Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan conferred the Kaushalacharya Awards 2021 to 41 skill trainers virtually for their contribution to skill development.
These 41 trainers belong to various training programmes of Skill India such as Directorate General of Training (DGT), apprenticeship, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) and entrepreneurship.
“Kaushalacharya Awards 2021, honouring skill trainers on #VishwakarmaJayanti,” Dharmendra Pradhan said in a social media post.
Pradhan said that our skill trainers have to play a major role in realizing the vision of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making India, the skill capital of the world.
Pradhan asked to look in depth into the future of jobs and understand the skill demand of the future. He also pitched for adopting an approach with a focus on innovative ways to upskill our trainers, and plan skill development at the grassroot level.
The education minister stressed that the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 has called for convergence of education and skills and the government is working on providing academic equivalence to skills.
He said that the new ventures and skilling models are evolving which will play a significant role in the post-pandemic world. “With the paradigm of ‘Padhai and Kamai’, we must leverage this opportunity to empower our youth,” Pradhan said.
“Trainers were honoured for their contribution under various categories. Five trainers were awarded under the two categories of PMKVY Trainer and Excellence in PMKVY Master Trainer. Nine trainers received the award under JSS and two trainers were rewarded for their contribution to entrepreneurship,” the official statement said.
In addition, five candidates received awards under the apprenticeship category and two trainers were awarded from DGT for the non-engineering category. Two awardees were felicitated in the engineering category.
Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), pillars of India’s vocational training ecosystem, had as many as 11 trainers who were felicitated, as per the official statement.
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