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Govt clears policy for skill development, entrepreneurship

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The Government has approved the first integrated national policy for developing skills and promoting entrepreneurship at a large scale with speed and quality.

Aims of the policy –

  • Align supply with demand
  • Bridge existing skill gaps
  • Promote industry engagement
  • Operationalize a quality assurance framework
  • Leverage technology
  • Promote apprenticeship to tackle the identified issues

The common norms for Skill Development Schemes which will be implemented by the Centre as well as an institutional framework for the National Skill Development Mission were also approved by the government.

National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015

It acknowledges the need for an effective roadmap for promotion of entrepreneurship as the key to a successful skills strategy.

Vision of the policy

  • To create an ecosystem of empowerment by skilling on a large scale at speed with high standards
  • To promote a culture of innovation-based entrepreneurship which can generate wealth and employment so as to ensure sustainable livelihoods for all citizens.


The Policy has four thrust areas and it addresses key obstacles to skilling, including low aspirational value, lack of integration with formal education, lack of focus on outcomes, low quality of training infrastructure and trainers.

Skill development and entrepreneurship programmes for women are a specific focus of the Policy.

For entrepreneurship, the policy seeks to educate and equip potential entrepreneurs, both within and outside the formal education system.

It also seeks to connect entrepreneurs to mentors, incubators and credit markets, foster innovation and entrepreneurial culture, improve ease of doing business and promote a focus on social entrepreneurship.