Autonomous status to National Council for Vocational Training

New Delhi: The government Monday decided to accord autonomous status to National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and broaden its mandate and representation in keeping with the aim of national policy on skill development.

The status would bring the advisory body, prescribing standards and curricula for craftsmen training, to get its own national and international support network with administrative and secretarial set up having regional and state-level offices.

The autonomous status would be supported by an Act of Parliament, the 38th meeting of NCVT, chaired by Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, decided today.

The move comes against the backdrop of government's plan to groom 50 crore people in the next five years to meet the increased requirement of skilled hands to propel the Indian economy.

Kharge said the autonomy status would be in accordance with the National Policy of Skill Development which envisaged that NCVT should be strengthened and re-engineered with a broader mandate and representation.

The status would also enable NCVT to effectively handle legal issues. At present, neither NCVT nor its sub-committees find any legal basis, the meeting observed.

The meeting also considered increasing the number of years for passing All India Trade Test of Craftsmen from three to five years.

Observing that candidates desirous of enhancing their skills are deprived from taking admission in ITIs due to upper age limit, the forum also considered removing of upper age limit for all training courses under Craftsmen Training Scheme.

Kharge said already 18.89 lakh people have been trained under various vocational schemes last year as against the target of 13.92 lakh.

He said as of April 1 this year, 8039 industrial training institutes and industrial training centres have come up in the country with a total seat capacity of 11.16 lakh against 6079 institutes which had come up in 2008.