Indian Skill Development Service cadre expected to be added
in Civil services from 2016-17
Besides IAS, IPS and other services, aspirants for babudom
will have one more service to choose from in the annual examinations conducted
by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) from next year onwards—the Indian
Skill Development Service.
“We are speeding up on the creation of a dedicated skill
development cadre. In fact, the next civil services exam (2016-17) conducted by
UPSC will also recruit for this service. We are working on the job requirement
as of now. One guiding idea is to make the service aspirational,” Rajiv Pratap
Rudy, Union minister for skill development told HT.
“With so many changes in the skill development scenario -
like over 13,000 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) coming under the skill
development ministry, plans to set up skill universities, etc, there will be a
need for a dedicated cadre that can handle the challenges ahead and infuse the
much-needed professionalism. This service will take care of that,” the minister
At present, the number of ITIs in the country is 13,105 which cater to about
18,65,629 students at any given point of time. While 2,293 are government-run
ITIs, 10,812 are private-run.
On October 7, the Union cabinet had cleared the creation of a Group ‘A’
service for skill development.
Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government, skill
development has occupied primacy with the expectation that the Skill India plan
would supply human resources for government-declared mega plans like Digital
India, Make in India, etc.
There is also the planned target of skilling 500 million people by 2022.
A dedicated skill development service will also ensure more government
control in a sector that was largely private-initiative led till 2014.
Courtesy: Hindustan Times