The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has set up more than 55 skill training centers for PwD candidates in order to make the specially-abled more employable.
In India, there are 2.68 crore PwD candidates, out of which 56% are men and 44% are women. Nearly half of the total PwD population falls in the bracket of 15-59 years, which is considered employable. Yet, most of these people are underutilised. In fact, 2011 Census data suggests that around 74% of PwD individuals are non-workers or marginal workers in India.
Considering the huge population of PwD candidates in India, it is necessary to make such individuals contribute to the economy. A World Bank study suggests that excluding such individuals would mean a forgone GDP of 5-7%, says Manish Kumar, MD, and CEO, NSDC (National Skill Development Corporation).
Not only this, improving vocational training for such individuals will ensure that they live a quality life.
Kumar said that the courses to improve vocational training and employment for PwD candidates have been introduced as part of a tie-up between the Sector Skill Council for PwDs (SCPwD), which is under NSDC, and the PMKVY (Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana) 2016-2020 scheme.