Skill Management and AccReditation of Training Centres

Skill India is a Government of India initiative which has been launched to empower the youth of the country with skillsets that make them employable and more productive in their work environment. As India moves progressively towards becoming a global knowledge economy, it must meet the aspirations of youth and aim towards skilling them with the best possible standards.

It is pertinent to create synergies among the stakeholders of the skills ecosystem, to coordinate and streamline multiple Skill Development initiatives undertaken by the Government of India. It is of critical importance that the processes that impact the quality of training at the Training Centres (TCs) are aligned across various schemes. Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) jointly announce the launch of SMART- Skill Management and AccReditation of Training Centres, which that aims to synergize the efforts of all the stakeholders in the skill ecosystem, and streamline the skill development initiatives.

SMART provides a mandatory single window IT application that focusses on the Accreditation, Affiliation and Continuous Monitoring of the Training Centres in the Skill Ecosystem and intends to address the important issues like evaluating skill providers in an objective manner, fostering excellence in Training Centres, enabling trainees to make informed choices with regard to Training Centres etc. SMART facilitates standardized and effective processes with respect to Accreditation, Affiliation, and Continuous Monitoring of the Training Centres, which shall play a significant role in achieving the desired quality standards across various schemes.

In line with these objective, SMART provides a single window clearance system to the Training Providers (TPs), the main features of the SMART are as below:

  • Providing a transparent, unified, one-stop solution to the Training Providers, mandating time-bound delivery of Accreditation and Affiliation of Training Centres;
  • Enabling Training Providers to have a single front-end portal interface across multiple Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) and Schemes;
  • Providing opportunity to the stakeholders to perform technology driven Continuous Monitoring of the Training Centres, evaluate performance of the skill development programmes in an objective manner, to foster excellence in Training Centres, building effectiveness in delivering competency based training;
  • Enabling the trainees and other stakeholders to make informed choices with regard to Training Centres.

Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE)

MSDE aims to Skill on a large Scale with Speed and high Standards in order to achieve its vision of a 'Skilled India'. MSDE is responsible for co-ordination of all skill development efforts across the country, removal of disconnect between demand and supply of skilled manpower, building the vocational and technical training framework, skill up-gradation, building of new skills, and innovative thinking not only for existing jobs but also jobs that are to be created. The Ministry aims to Skill on a large Scale with Speed and high Standards in order to achieve its vision of a Skilled India.

It is aided in these initiatives by its functional arms – National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) and the Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) as well as the Training Providers registered with NSDC. The Ministry also intends to work with the existing network of Skill Development Centres, Universities and other alliances in the field. Further, collaborations with relevant Central Ministries, State governments, international organizations, industry and NGOs have been initiated for multi-level engagement and more impactful implementation of skill development efforts. The Skill Mission launched by the Prime Minister on 15 July 2015, has gathered tremendous steam under the guidance of the Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy. For more details on MSDE, go to

National Skill Development Corporation

The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is one of its kind Public Private Partnership, under MSDE, Government of India. It aims to promote Skill Development by catalysing creation of large, quality, vocational skill training institutions. NSDC was set up as part of a National Skill Development Mission to fulfil the growing need in India for skilled manpower across sectors and narrow the existing gap between the demand and supply of skills. NSDC builds scalable skill training initiatives. Its mandate is also to enable support systems, such as quality assurance, information systems and train-the-trainer academies, either directly or through partnerships. NSDC acts as a catalyst in Skill Development by providing funding to enterprises, companies and organisations that provide skill training. It will also develop appropriate models to enhance, support and coordinate private sector initiatives. For more details on NSDC, go to