The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) launched a revamped curriculum on Employability Skills (ES) in association with Quest Alliance, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), and the Future Right Skills Network.

More than 2.5 million students from over 15,600 government and private Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) will now have access to a revamped and expanded 120-hour ES curriculum in Hindi and English. Some of the modules include introduction to employability skills, digital skills, citizenship, diversity and inclusion, career development and goal setting, getting ready for work and entrepreneurship. Variants of the curriculum of 30, 60 and 90 hour duration have also been launched for both long-term and short-term courses.

For young people to be able to keep pace with the fast changing world they need to keep up-skilling and reskilling. Employability Skills are extremely key in enabling the transition of young people into the world of work with confidence. Hence it needs to be embedded in every skilling program.”

— Rajesh Aggarwal, Former Secretary, Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship

The curriculum will provide three key benefits to learners: building a self-learning mindset, becoming career-ready in a post-pandemic world, and developing awareness around new careers and being equipped with 21st century skills. It will further help educators to upgrade their skills for new age classrooms and familiarize themselves with blended learning models.

A facilitator guide will be provided to trainers so that they can teach the revamped curriculum using a blended learning module. A digital version of the student workbook and digital lessons on six modules are available on Bharat Skills portal and Employability Skills portal. Additionally, MSDE and National Instructional Media Institute (NIMI) have published these books for use by the state departments.