Moving towards a skilled India to make the country a skill capital of the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday laid foundation stone of the country's first Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) in Kanpur and inaugurated it.
The idea of IIS was conceived by Modi during his visit to Singapore's Institute of Technical Education.
So, the institute is being opened by the Skill Development Ministry in collaboration with the Institute of Technical Education, Singapore. Also, the Ministry has decided to have six such institutes.
Also the inauguration of Kaushal Pradarshini (Skill Exhibition) was done by Modi for the youth of Uttar Pradesh.
The exhibition is open for public viewing between December 19 and 22. It is said to showcase the state-of-the-art vocational training practices across different sectors.
The Prime Minister also launched a number of skills development initiatives such as Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKKs) and Drivers' Training Institutes. Another interesting fact is that the National Skill Development Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with OLA cabs for drivers' training.
Under the "National Apprentice Promotion Scheme", the Ministry of Skill Development has targeted enrolling at least five lakh apprentices from across the country for training with the corporates.
Skill certificates were distributed tot he street food vendors and leather industry workers by Modi in recognition of prior learning programme of the government.
On its cards, the ministry has plans to open one Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra in each district of India. The vision of these Kendras are to be skill development centres with modern infrastructure for skill training.