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Author:Kaushalkar|October 29th, 2018

In pursuance of Hon’ble Chief Minister’s announcement in 2016-17 Budget Speech, a new Department of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood (SDEL) was created vide Government order number DPAR 164 SAS 2016, dated 24-09-2016.
Chief Minister’s Kaushalya Karnataka Yojane envisages to skill 5 lakh youth annually of which 2.50 lakh youth shall be targeted under schemes implemented directly by SDEL and 2.50 lakh youth shall be targeted under schemes implemented by other Government departments and government bodies.

The new Department was established to bring various Skill Trainings hither-to being conducted by different departments into one umbrella. The various skill sets and the corresponding job roles need to be standardized. It also envisages standardizing the Content, Syllabus, Selection of Trainees, Selection of Training Providers, Assessment of Trainees and their Placement. It also aims to develop a new strategic framework for Skill Development for the school drop-outs and existing workers, especially in the Informal Sector in close consultation with Industry, Micro Enterprises in the Informal Sector, State Governments, Experts and Academia.


Key features of the new Framework for Skill Development


Demand driven short term Training Courses to be finalized in consultation with Industry as per the NSQF standards till State Standards are Framed.  

  • Inclusive framework by bringing the Jai Kaushal Jawan (Ex-servicemen), Widows of ex-servicemen, war-widows, specially challenged, juvenile delinquents, Jail inmates (Kaushakaragruha) along with other skill seekers.
  • Flexible mechanism for imparting the Training (Residential/ Non-residential, Full time/ Part time etc).
  • All the candidates aspiring to be Skilled to be registered on
  • Online selection of registered Trainees (Aadhaar linked) to avoid duplication and ensure they are resident in Karnataka.
  • Different levels of Training to meet demands of various Target groups.
  • Training to be provided by Vocational Training Providers (TP) through the Training Centres (TC) under the Government, Private Sector and Industrial establishments.
  • The Training Providers (TP) and the Training Centres (TC and/or MTC) should be registered online with the Department and should be accredited by prescribed Agency/ Body/ Committee. TPs and respective TCs of PMKVY, DDUGKY, NRLM, NULM, RGCY, CMKKY etc should register on Kaushalkar portal.
  • Only duly accredited TCs shall be eligible to impart Training. No accredited TC or TP can sub-contract or sub-lease the training or provide training through franchisees. The TCs must be fully owned or leased by the TP or there should be a Joint Venture or contract or lease agreement which pre-dates the date of registration of the TC on Kaushalkar portal. At any given point of time, no TC can be part of or in contract with more than one TP.
  • Testing of Skills of Trainees by an independent assessing body that would not be involved in conduct of the training program to ensure that it is done impartially.
  • The Assessing and Certification Body / Bodies will be appointed and monitored by KSDA and the standards of assessment and certification will be set by KSDA.
  • The placement after training for at least 70 % of the trainees.


The training under CMKKY scheme is envisaged to be provided by various TPs under Central Government, State Governments, Public and Private Sector and Industrial establishments.  

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