Recognition of Prior Learning under PMKVY

Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is a skill-development scheme to train India's youth for suitable jobs and enable them to lead an overall better life. The training and assessment fees for all applicants will be reimbursed by the Indian Government. The Government has allocated around Rs. 12,000 crores for funding this scheme. 

Under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) component of the PMKVY Scheme, individuals with prior learning experience or skills will be assessed and certified. RPL aims to align the competencies of the unregulated workforce of India to the NSQF. The Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs), such as Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) or any other such agencies that have been designated by the MSDE/NSDC, will be encouraged to implement the RPL projects in any of the following Project Types: RPL Camps, RPL at Employers Premises, and RPL centres.  

RPL is fundamentally about assessing individuals before certifying them as per NSQF. However, under PMKVY 2016-20, the RPL program includes an orientation of 12 hours for all participating candidates. The orientation will have 6 hours of introduction on domain-specific skills, 2 hours of introduction on the assessment and their providers, and 4 hours of orientation on entrepreneurship and soft skills. Initially, the candidates will be counselled and pre-screened before they get the mandatory orientation. Later on, they'll have an assessment test and receive certification after it. Candidates might have the training of a maximum of 68 hours if the project has been confirmed with a Bridge course. Besides these, there will not be any specific training involved because the RPL is mainly concerned about the assessment of an individual's skills that they already possess.

RPL applies to any applicant of Indian nationality who fits the following criteria:

  1. As per the Qualification Pack (QP) requirement, at the time of getting enrolled, the candidate should fit the minimum age criteria.
  2.  Possess Aadhaar Card and/or verifiable alternate ID’s, like PAN or Voter ID, and a bank account.
  3. The candidate should fit the Pre- Screening criteria as defined by the SSC for the respective job role.

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