Mains Paper 3: Economy | Development & Employment
From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:
Prelims level: NSDA, NCVT, NCVET
Mains level: State of skill development institutes in the country and measures to improve their quality
- The Union cabinet on has approved the merger of the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA).
- The merger is aimed to consolidate fragmented regulatory structures and improve the outcome of the Skill India mission.
National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET)
- The merged entity would be called the NCVET.
- The NCVET will regulate the functioning of entities engaged in vocational education and training, both long-term and short-term, and establish minimum standards for the functioning of such entities.
- The primary functions of NCVET will include recognition and regulation, assessment, approval of qualifications developed by different bodies and industry governed sector skill councils.
- The merger would bring in accountability in skill sector that caters to nearly 15 million students at any given time.
- This reform will ultimately increase credibility of the skill sector and encourage greater private investment.
About NCVT and NSDA
- The NCVT was a regulator and assessment body of the long-term skill education space comprising more than 13,000 industrial training institutions.
- While the NSDA was policy formulating bodies of the skill development ministry helping it devise training and industry collaboration policy for the Skill India mission.
- The NCVT had been in existence for more than four decades as part of the directorate general of training, while the NSDA was a relatively new body that came into force in 2013.