The government approved the raising of a new Group A service
cadre - The Indian Skill Development Service
improve skill development administration in the country, the government on
Wednesday approved the raising of a new Group A service cadre—the Indian Skill
The new cadre of officers will run the skill development and
entrepreneurship ministry, help implement various skill and apprenticeship
schemes conducted by the ministry as well as those by the Directorate General of
The cadre will be selected through the Union Public Service
Commission (UPSC) and have the same ranks and profile as other Group A services
such as the Indian Revenue Service, Indian Audit and Accounts Service and Indian
Tests for the new service will probably be conducted by UPSC
along with the civil service examination in 2016 but details will be worked out
by the ministry of skill development in consultation with the ministry of
While the cabinet approved the creation of this new Group A service, it was
not officially announced at the post-cabinet press briefing.
“The decision will enhance the capacity and efficiency of the organization,”
a cabinet note reviewed by Mint said.
“With the kind of thrust India is putting on skill
development and enhancing the quality of human resources, such a cadre will be
beneficial. It will be aspirational and attract the best talent to the skill
development administration,” said Rajesh Aggarwal, director general of the DGT
and a joint secretary in the skills ministry.
India aims to skill some 500 million people by 2022 in both
organized and unorganized sectors to improve the efficiency of the work force,
provide job-ready human resources to industries and ultimately improve the
competitiveness of a young demography considered crucial for the economic growth
Aggarwal said the cadre will help streamline and improve
skill sector service arrangements. Earlier, the erstwhile Directorate General of
Employment and Training (DGET) used to hire officers in an ad hoc fashion. The
DGET, under the labour ministry, was then split in two, with the DGT going to
the newly created skill development ministry and the employment department
staying with the labour ministry.
Along with DGT, over 12,000 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs)
and 29 national training institutions, among other bodies, went to the new
skills ministry headed by the minister of state with independent charge, Rajiv
A government official, who declined to be named, said the
skills ministry has been mulling over the idea for a while, with the first
meeting on the subject taking place on 13 April. At that point, the ministry
planned to call it the Indian Vocational Service, but the name was later changed
to be in sync with the ministry’s name.
The new service will help formulate skill policies, devise a
road map for improving the apprenticeship system, revamping ITIs and also help
revamp course work for various schemes, the government official cited above
Though officers belonging to the new service will initially
be placed in the skills ministry, they may be moved to other ministries as 22
government departments and ministries have skill development wings and
contribute to the national Skill India mission.