Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam (HPKVN) was initiated as a specialised skill development company under the Department of Planning (DOP) in September 2015. The aim was to consolidate the fragmented Technical and Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) programs, align all TVET programs with India’s National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF), and facilitate private sector participation in design and delivery of TVET.
In June 2016, GOHP approved the Himachal Pradesh Skill Development Policy (Him Kaushal), 2016, to guide the reform and expansion of skill development efforts in the state. To operationalise this policy, the HPSDP will focus on building HPKVN’s institutional capacity for delivering the challenging mandate of the state’s skill development mission with the requisite emphasis.
The project will add value by supporting the government in providing NSQF-aligned vocational training and livelihood development opportunities to around 65,000 needy youth over 2017−2022. It will also expand Himachal Pradesh’s annual TVET training capacity by 13,000 and extend the reach of quality training facilities and counselling services to underserved parts of the state. This will help the youth of Himachal Pradesh in imbibing relevant TVET skills and gaining the confidence required to make the transition from the primary sector to the secondary and tertiary sectors, where job prospects are better and remuneration levels are higher.
HPKVN also has a mandate to implement 25% of the HP component of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), a scheme fully sponsored by the Central Government. Under this scheme, HPKVN has a target to impart NSQF skill training to 49,500 unemployed youth of the state during the period 2018-20.
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