The first 15 International Skills Centres across India were launched at the Skill India ‘One Year Anniversary Ceremony’ on 15 July 2016, by the Honorable Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, and Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. The International Skills Centres will train and prepare the future migrant workforce.
Two ICDL modules, Computer Essentials and Online Essentials, have been selected as Digital Literacy standards for the candidates enrolled on the programmes, alongside programmes for language, culture and other technical skills. 50 centres are expected to be launched by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship by the end of 2016.
This is the first project after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between ICDL Asia and the India National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in April 2016. Under the agreement, it is planned that one million Indian workers will be certified over the next five years. Tina Wu, General Manager of ICDL Asia, said, “We believe that it is the strong quality of the ICDL programmes, coupled with the international recognition of the certification that led the Indian Government to choose us.”