National Skill Development Agency (subsumes the Office of Adviser to the PM - National Council on Skill Development)

The Office of Adviser to the PM has now been subsumed under the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA). NSDA is an autonomous body which will coordinate and harmonize the skill development efforts of the Government and the private sector to achieve the skilling targets of the 12th Plan and beyond and endeavour to bridge the social, regional, gender and economic divide (i) by ensuring that the skilling needs of the disadvantaged and marginalized groups like SCs, STs, OBCs, minorities, women and differently-abled persons are taken care of through the various skill development programmes and (ii) by taking affirmative actions as part of advocacy by the NSDA. The Central Ministries and NSDC will continue to implement schemes in their remit. The NSDA will anchor the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) and facilitate the setting up of professional certifying bodies in addition to the existing ones. 

The NSDA will discharge the following functions:
 
  • Take all possible steps to meet skilling targets as envisaged in the 12th Five Year Plan and beyond;
  • Coordinate and harmonize the approach to skill development among various Central Ministries/Departments, State Governments, the NSDC and the private sector;
  • Anchor and operationalize the NSQF to ensure that quality and standards meet sector specific requirements;
  • Be the nodal agency for State Skill Development Missions;
  • Raise extra-budgetary resources for skill development from various  sources such as international agencies, including multi-lateral agencies, and the private sector;
  • Evaluate existing skill development schemes with a view to assessing their efficacy and suggest corrective action to make them more effective;
  • Create and maintain a national data base related to skill development including development of a dynamic Labour Market Information System (LMIS);
  • Take affirmative action for advocacy;
  • Ensure that the skilling needs of the disadvantaged and the marginalized groups like SCs, STs, OBCs, minorities, women and differently abled persons are taken care of; and
  • Discharge any other function as may be assigned to it by the Government of India.

Gazette Notification of the National Skill Development Agency