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SANKALP: A Scheme To Energise Students

Published on Thursday, September 07, 2017
Full Form: Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion.

In this year’s Budget our Finance Minister Mr Arun Jaitley made clear of the government’s plans to launch SANKALP (Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion programme) at a cost of Rs 4,000 crore. 

Highlights of Education, Employment and Skill Development

  • Quality education will energize Indian youth. 
  • Allocation of resources will be done on the basis of Annual Learning Outcomes. 
  • Emphasis will be given to education related to science. 
  • Innovation fund for secondary education will be allocated to boost local innovation including ICT enabled transformation. 
  • Focus will be laid mainly on areas which are educationally backward. 
  • UGC reform will be taken up. 
  • Framework will be revised for outcome based accreditation. 
  • SWAYAM to online courses will be available to all with Direct to Home channel. 
  • National Testing Agency will be created serving as an autonomous body. 
  • Administration will also be monitored under AICTE. 
  • PMKK (Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras) are to be extended to different areas. 
  • In the year 2017-2018, SANKALP (Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion programme) is to be launched and the prime focus will be on vocational training. 
  • 5 Special Tourism zones will be set up. 
  • Industry Cluster Approach will be adopted. 

Rs 3,016 crore was allocated to the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. In his budget, MR Jaitley mentioned that 5 lakh people will be provided mason training in the next 5 years. HE ALSO announced setting up 100 India International Skills Centres which would offer advanced training including courses in foreign languages.
Mr Jaitley also announced that Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKK) will be extended to 600 districts all over India. The vocational training centres are being promoted in 60+ districts as of now.
He mentioned that under the next phase of Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE), the government will be spending Rs 2,200 crore.

Key Points:

  • Mr Arun Jaitley said that in 2017-18, SANKALP (Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion Programme) will be launched. 
  • It will be at a cost of INR 4,000 crore. 
  • SANKALP will ensure training which will be market relevant to 3.5 crore youth. 
  • In the next phase of skill strengthening for industrial value enhancement (STRIVE) will be launched in 2017-18 at a cost of INR 2,200 crore. 
  • The main focus of STRIVE will be to make enhancements in the quality of vocational training which are provided in ITIs. 
  • Through industry-cluster approach strengthening of the apprenticeship programme will be done.
Must go through List of Government Schemes in India 2016-17

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