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NSDC sets up 55 skill training centres for PwD

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.

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