IISs are being established in the country to enhance training standards beyond the current programmes available in the skill eco-system and to provide ‘hands on skills’ training to trainees in specialised areas in collaboration with industry, catering to local/ regional industry requirements.
The IISs will conduct NSQF compliant 2-year diploma courses in identified sectors/domains. Such courses will have a mix of conventional and more advanced areas providing vertical mobility to trainees. This way, trainees of vocational training system can aspire to become supervisors/managers in their respective fields.
IISs will impart higher level training programs which will facilitate vertical mobility of trainees providing them academic equivalence for progression and the programs will define career pathways for trainees and in turn will lead to creation of sectoral experts.
Pursuant to the decision taken in the Cabinet Meeting held on 24.10.2018 it was decided to set up Indian Institute of Skills (IISs) at three locations,namely, Maharashtra (Mumbai), Gujarat (Ahmedabad) and Uttar Pradesh (Kanpur) in Public Private Partnership (PPP), which will be explored for promotion of IIS at selected locations based on demand and available infrastructure. It shall augment the global competitiveness of key sectors of Indian economy by providing high quality skill training, applied research education and a direct and meaningful connection with industry.
It will provide opportunity to aspiring students across the country to have access to highly skilled training, and enhance the scope of accountability through its linkage with industry and global competitiveness across sectors. By leveraging advantages of private sector enterprise and public capital in terms of Government land, it would create new institutes of expertise, knowledge and competitiveness.
For IIS, an Inter-Ministerial Empowered Committee (IMEC) on setting up of IIS has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Secretary, MSDE. First meeting of the Empowered Committee was held on 20.12.2018. Thereafter, two more meetings of IMEC were held on 19th June, 2019 and 29th August, 2019.
The major functions of Empowered Committee are: To decide on matters such as setting parameters and criteria for selection of private partners; Selection and setting up of IISs as per place/location/trade, need for viability gap funding of government, subject, expertise and commitment of private partner; and Allocation of land as per guidelines, details of governance mechanism for each IIS, applicable rules and agreements and all other aspects of regulation and monitoring of the scheme.
At present land for setting up of IIS at Mumbai and Ahmedabad has been identified and Tata Education and Development Trust (TEDT) has been selected as private partner for establishment of IISs at these places. Further, the foundation stone for the IIS, Mumbai has also been laid by the Hon’ble Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship on 11th September, 2019 in the presence of high dignitaries.