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Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra

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The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) intends to establish aspirational and visible model training centres in all districts of the country. There is a need to provide vocational training to transform India into the world’s skill capital. The MSDE intends to establish Model Training Centres (MTCs) in all districts to achieve this.

The state-of-the-art MTCs are known as the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK). The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is the implementing agency for setting up PMKK in districts across India. The PMKKs will be equipped to provide high-quality industry-driven courses focusing on employability and give aspirational value for skill development.

PMKK Objectives

The PMKK envisages the following:

  • Creating benchmark institutions to provide aspirational value for competency-based skill development training.
  • Focusing on sustainability, quality and connection with stakeholders for the skills delivery process.
  • Transforming from a mandate-driven model to a sustainable institutional model.

Features of the PMKK

  • The training centre size of every PMKK will be 3000 sq. ft. to 8000 sq. ft., depending on district population.
  • Every centre will have standardised internal and external branding and infrastructure requirements.
  • The PMKK centre will provide courses catering to local youth aspirations based on district population.
  • The training centres will be equipped with smart classrooms, biometric attendance, audio-visual training aids and dedicated labs.
  • The training centres will provide support for IT communication, mobilisation, counselling and placement cell.
  • The PMKK will provide residential support as per the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) guidelines.
  • The PMKK will provide mandatory training in the manufacturing trades as per the PMKVY guidelines.

Funding Under PMKK

The funding for PMKK will be as follows:

Capital Expenditure

The NSDC will fund a concessional secured loan for setting up centres up to a maximum limit of Rs.70 lakh per PMKK. The NSDC loan will cover expenditures related to only the following:

  • Training infrastructure including the purchase of equipment, plant and machinery.
  • Training aid and associated items.
  • Civil work, including retrofitting existing structures and setting up prefabricated structures.

The entities that take NSDC loans for establishing the PMKK must repay the loan within four years, including one year moratorium period, from the disbursement date of the first instalment of the loan amount.

Operations Support

The training members under the PMKVY or its successor schemes (other schemes under the NSDC or MSDE) will ensure the sustainability of the centres. Under the PMKVY, all PMKKs will be provided with a training mandate for three years according to common norms, subject to the utilisation and capacity of the centre.

Implementing Agencies Under PMKK

The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) will operate as a network manager for setting up the PMKKs. It will strive to give the necessary support system in MIS, TP empanelment, finance and other support like content, branding, etc. 

The NSDC will provide loan assistance to legal entities for setting up the PMKK as per the guidelines and applicable laws. The following entities who meet the required criteria of the PMKK guidelines can apply for setting up a PMKK:

  • Training providers.
  • Corporate, society or trust.
  • Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) or State Public Sector Undertakings (SPSU). 
  • Industry associations.

The training providers will take care of training, mobilisation, certification, assessment, placement and post-placement activities. The dedicated training members under the PMKVY or its successor schemes will support the PMKK set up by a corporate, PSU, SPSU and industry association, and it will provide the following: 

  • Training infrastructure. 
  • Content curriculum. 
  • Equipment including specialised training aids, machinery, etc. 
  • Trainers.
  • Industry connects, including placements.

PMKK Components

Coverage – The NSDC will follow a cluster-based approach to allocate districts to establish a PMKK. The training partners will be responsible for setting up PMKKs in every district of a particular allotted cluster.

Infrastructure – There are three categories of PMKK centres that are determined based on the district population. The minimum area for category A centre is 8,000 sq. ft, category B is 5,000 sq. ft, and category C is 3,000 sq. ft.

Branding – All PMKKs are required to have standard design, dimensions and branding themes. The PMKKs must adhere to the branding guidelines available on the NSDC website.

Biometric attendance – All PMKKs will mandatorily record the attendance of all trainers and trainees using an Aadhar enabled biometric machine. It should adhere to the scheme-specific guidelines for recording and monitoring attendance. 

Location – The PMKK should ideally be located near a major road, close to a public transport facility with adequate street lights and public movement. A person can find the nearby PMKK on the NSDC website.  

Equipment – The PMKKs will utilise the latest tools and training equipment as per Sector Skill Council (SSC) specifications. The PMKK will use training aid and equipment, such as smart classrooms, biometric attendance, etc.

Hostel facilities – The hostel facility for a PMKK will be determined according to the guidelines of the PMKVY or other schemes of MSDE.

Room for mobilisation, counselling and placement – The PMKKs will have mobilisation, separate counselling and placement cell, counselling of aspirants and parents, placement coordination with employers or industry, etc.

Smart classrooms – All PMKKs must have at least one classroom equipped with audio-visual facilities and internet connectivity to conduct virtual training, interactive sessions and industry webinars/seminars.

Centre inspection – Each training centre will be validated for compliance with branding guidelines and mandatory infrastructure before it commences or becomes operational. Where there is no adverse reporting, the centre will be recommended to the NSDC for allocation under the PMKVY. 

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