The Scheme is an initiative of the HPKVN, an autonomous Section 8 Company under the Department of Planning, Government of Himachal Pradesh.

In accordance to the Notification dated 20th May 2016 issued by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, skill development activities shall be recognized and identified as below:

(a) For fresh entrants to the job market, the training duration to be minimum 200 hours (including practical and/or on the job training) except where prescribed by any Statute.

(b) In case of re-skilling or skill up-gradation of persons already engaged in an occupation, training programmes having a minimum duration of 80 hours of trainings including practical and/or on-the-job training.

(c) In the case of persons who have acquired Skill through informal, non-formal or experiential training in any vocational trade or craft, formal recognition and certification of such skill, if necessary after imparting bridge courses, to be treated as Skill Development.

Extension work, such as that carried out in the fields of agricultural and related activities, public health etc. would be recorded as an activity distinct from skill development. These would need to be programmes of durations of 32 hours or more, which leads to any economic or social benefit that may not be immediately measurable, and the Common cost norms would not be applicable to such extension work The Scheme aims at demand-driven and industry-relevant skill development through Training Service Providers selected with HPKVN in a manner that is aligned with the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). Skills training shall be imparted in sectors identified as high-opportunity for the state of Himachal Pradesh. On the Job Training & Soft skills (which would include computer literacy, language and workplace inter-personal skills relevant for the sector/trade) would be an integral part of the skills training process and must be suitably integrated into the modules of all the courses. Scheme guidelines may be amended as required from time to time by an appropriate Committee constituted for the purpose.

Government of Himachal Pradesh is committed to provide equal opportunities to marginalized section of the community, in order to promote social equity and ensure that the benefits of the scheme reaches to one and all. As a part of the equality of opportunity measure, special reservation opportunity would be extended taking in consideration caste, economic status and gender. The scheme aims at holistic improvement of the community in Himachal Pradesh through this unique initiative.



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