NSDC joins hands with India’s KIOCL
National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd (KIOCL), in order to give a major boost to the Government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign and ‘Skill India’ movement. Both parties will develop a joint curriculum for skill development programs in mining and steel sector. The MoU was signed by Jayant Krishna, CEO, NSDC and Shri N Vidyananda, Director, Production and Projects, KIOCL in the presence of Malay Chatterjee, CMD, KIOCL.
The metal and mining industry of India has recorded a strong 19.8 per cent expansion in 2011 to touch US$ 141.9 billion and is expected to reach 305.5 billion during 2015. Production volumes have also been growing steadily over the years at a CAGR of 5.2 per cent. India’s iron and steel exports increased at a CAGR of 4.2 per cent to US$ 8.1 billion over FY2008-13. Demand for various metals and minerals will grow substantially over the next 15 years and India is 4th largest iron ore producer in the world in the world, will need huge skilled manpower supply to support the growing Industry. India’s per capita steel consumption is four times lower than the global average, which is expected to increase rapidly in the years to come.
KIOCL will provide the necessary infrastructure facilities to NSDC to establish and operate Skill Development Centers (SDCs) in the vicinity of company Pellet Plant unit and Blast Furnace unit at Mangalore, Karnataka for Skill development purpose. NSDC through its training partner(s) will provide skill training to the youths in the areas. These trainings are to be conducted on QP/NOS and certified by Sector Skill Councils. Local youths trained will be imparted with certification based on assessment.
Speaking on the occasion, Jayant Krishna, CEO of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) said: “This is an opportune time for developing standardized curricula in this sector and based on KIOCL’s deep experience in the industry, coupled with NSDC’s experience in skill development and leveraging partnerships with training providers and other service partners, we believe that our collaboration could contribute to the success of the overall ‘Skill India’ movement and make India self-reliant in the sector.”
Commenting on the partnership, Malay Chatterjee, CMD, KIOCL said: “The semiconductor market in India is projected to grow by more than 20 percent annually in the years to come. KIOCL appreciates the advances made in this field as well as the recent progress that India as a business destination has made. We are excited about this collaboration with NSDC and look forward to the overall success of this project.”
The core sector industry is going through a massive modernization and expansion programme and requires knowledgeable and skilled workforce to efficiently establish and run the modernized Beneficiation and Pellet Plants/Steel plants. In Beneficiation/Pelletization/Steel Industry, at present, there is a huge shortage of skilled manpower in the fields of advanced technologies such as Mining, Operation and Maintenance of HEMMs, Drilling, Blasting, Crushing, Screening, Grinding, Magnetic Separation, Spirals, Floatation, Agglomeration, Hydraulics, Electrics, Automation etc. There is also a big shortage of skilled manpower in common engineering skills like welding, plumbing, fitting, rigging, etc. Further, there is also a problem of lack of standard curriculum, faculty/ trainer and training facility to take up skill development activities on a large scale basis. This offers a huge challenge to Government and therefore needs active support of Public Sector Enterprises to play a lead role in realizing the skill development agenda of the Country.