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Post at: Sep 01 2022

National Initiative for Promotion of Upskilling of Nirman workers (NIPUN)

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  • On June 20, 2022 Skill India and MoHUA launched Project NIPUN to skill, upskill more than one lakh construction workers .
  • The project was launched by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs and Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India.

About the NIPUN Project 

  • The project NIPUN is an initiative of the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) under its flagship scheme of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM).
  • It aims to train over 1 lakh construction workers, through fresh skilling and upskilling programmes and provides them with work opportunities in foreign countries also.
  • The project implementation is divided into three parts –
    • Training through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at construction sites
    • Training through Fresh Skilling by Plumbing and Infrastructure SSC and 
    • International Placement through industries/ builders/ contractors.
  • Onsite skill training will be provided to approximately 80,000 construction workers through industry associations under the RPL certification, co-branded with MoHUA.
  • while about 14,000 candidates will receive fresh skilling through plumbing and infrastructure Sector Skill Council (SSC) in trades having promising placement potentials. 
  • The courses are aligned with National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) and will be imparted at accredited and affiliated training centres.
  • Under NIPUN, it is also envisaged that NSDC will place approximately 12,000 people in foreign countries such as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE and other GCC countries.
  • Project NIPUN will also facilitate and support convergence with related line ministries.
  • Meanwhile, NSDC will be responsible for the overall execution of training, monitoring and candidate tracking.
  • It will provide trainees with ‘Kaushal Bima’, a three-year accidental insurance with coverage of INR 2 lakhs, digital skills such as cashless transactions and the BHIM app, orientation about entrepreneurship, and EPF and BOCW facilities.
  • A project committee with members from both NSDC and MoHUA will be formed under the chairmanship of the Additional Secretary-cum-Mission Director, DAY-NULM to oversee and monitor the project.

Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NLUM)

  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation had been implementing a Centrally Sponsored Scheme Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) since 1997.
  • It has been restructured as Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana - National Urban Livelihoods Mission since September, 2013.
  • The NULM has been under implementation w.e.f. September 24, 2013 in all district headquarters (irrespective of population) and all the cities with population of 1 lakh or more.
  • The objective of the mission is to reduce poverty and vulnerability of the urban poor households by enabling them to access self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)

  • National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is a not-for-profit public limited company incorporated on July 31, 2008 under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956.
  • NSDC was set up by Ministry of Finance as Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. 
  • The Government of India through Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) holds 49% of the share capital of NSDC, while the private sector has the balance 51% of the share capital.
  • NSDC aims to promote skill development by catalyzing creation of large, quality and for-profit vocational institutions. 
  • NSDC acts as a catalyst in skill development by providing funding to enterprises, companies and organizations that provide skill training. 
  • The Government of India introduced the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) in 2013.
  • The NSQF is responsible for organising the qualifications through a series of levels of data, knowledge, aptitude and skills.

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