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MoU signed between MSDE and DoT to develop a National Action Plan for Skill Development

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) of the Indian Government on 22nd January 2016 signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to develop a National Action Plan for Skill Development in the Telecom Sector. The signatories included both the Secretaries of the Union Ministry of Communications and Information, of which the DoT is a part, and the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

The key objective of the MoU is to utilize PSUs under the DoT to provide skilled manpower requirement in the telecom sector, and at the same time provide ample opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship. The MSDE has discharged its responsibilities through the Directorate General of Training (DGT), the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) for successful implementation of the MoU. The MSDE and DoT have agreed to make joint efforts towards skill development by mobilizing financial support under the National Ecosystem for Development of Telecom Skills.

MoU signed between MSDE and DoT

The provisions of the MoU suggest that the PSUs under the DoT utilize at least 20 percent of its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) funds to develop skills. Also, under the partnership, the MSDE, and the DOT will make coordinated efforts to revive old telephone exchanges of PSUs which are no longer in use to develop and upgrade skills. A new Department, National Institute for Policy Research Innovation and Training (NTIPRT), will be set up to train and improve skill development in the telecom sector by utilizing the infrastructure and facilities.

The telecommunication sector in India is expanding fast and has manpower requirements ranging from high school graduates to both college graduates and postgraduates. It recruits people with different areas of expertise in telecommunications and IT. In the financial year of 2013, the Indian telecommunication sector alone contributed 3 per cent to the National GDP.

Source: Desi Critics