Various unique measures have been taken to augment the quality and reach of education. A fully IT based Financial Aid Authority to administer & monitor all education loans and scholarships through Pradhan Mantri Vidyalakshmi Karyakram. Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Mission for Teacher Training has been launched to enhance the quality of teaching.
Global Initiative of Academic Network (GIAN) has been initiated to invite eminent faculty, scientists, and entrepreneurs from premier educational and scientific institutions across the world to teach in the higher educational institutions in the country during summer and winter breaks with a view to give international exposure to Indian students. SWAYAM will leverage Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to enable online education. National e-Library will facilitate universal access to educational material and knowledge sources. ShalaDarpan is a mobile technology to ensure that parents are connected to schools, enabling them to monitor the progress of their children.
UDAAN is dedicated to the development of girl child education, so as to promote the admission of girl students. Ishaan Vikaas seeks to bring selected school children and students of Engineering College from the North-Eastern states into close contact with IITs, NITs and IISERs during their vacation. USTTAD has been approved to upgrade the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/ crafts. The scheme aims to build capacity of traditional artisans/craftsmen, standardization of the traditional arts/crafts, their documentation and establishing market linkages.
The importance PM Modi attaches to Skill India is no secret. The Government created a dedicated ministry of Skill Development immediately to empower our youth. Dedicated Ministry created for skill development. 76 lakh youth have been provided skill training so far under various programs. Skill certifications have been given academic equivalence under ‘School to Skill’ programme. Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana with anoutlay of Rs. 1,500 crores has been approved. Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushal Yojana will train 10 lakh rural youth in 3 years.
Amendments to Apprenticeship Act is paving way for more opportunities for on-the-job training. Government will support one lakh apprentices in next two and a half years by sharing the 50 % of the stipend. Govt plans to have more than 20 lakh apprentices in next few years against present number of 2.9 lakh. National Career Centres have launched to provide nation-wide opportunities& act as one stop shop for online services. They will also help the youth with rich career related content& self-assessment tools. A network of counsellors will also be available for the youth.
PM Modi at the launch of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Mission for Teacher Training