PMKVY Guidelines (2016-2020)

Let’s make
India the Skill Capital
of the World


The Union Cabinet had approved India’s largest Skill Certification Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas
Yojana (PMKVY), on 20 March 2015. The Scheme was subsequently launched on 15 July 2015, on the
occasion of World Youth Skills Day by honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. PMKVY is implemented
by National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) under the guidance of the Ministry of Skill Development
and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). With a vision of a “Skilled India”, MSDE aims to skill India on a large scale with
speed and high standards. PMKVY is the flagship scheme that is driving towards greater realisation of this
Owing to its successful first year of implementation, the Union Cabinet has approved the Scheme for
another four years (2016-2020) to impart skilling to 10 million youth of the country. This booklet contains the
various Guidelines under the Scheme that participating agencies need to abide by.
The Guidelines mentioned in this booklet have the approval of the PMKVY Steering Committee and are
effective from 15 July, 2016. These Guidelines include the following:
1. Short Term Training Guidelines
The Short Term Training imparted at PMKVY Training Centres (TCs) is expected to benefit candidates
of Indian nationality who are either school/college dropouts or unemployed. Apart from providing
training according to the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF), TCs shall also impart
training in Soft Skills, Entrepreneurship, Financial and Digital Literacy. Duration of the training varies
per job role, ranging between 150 and 300 hours. Upon successful completion of their assessment,
candidates shall be provided placement assistance by Training Partners (TPs). Under PMKVY, the
entire training and assessment fees are paid by the Government. Payouts shall be provided to the
TPs in alignment with the Common Norms. Trainings imparted under the Short Term Training
component of the Scheme shall be NSQF Level 5 and below.
2. Recognition of Prior Learning Guidelines
Individuals with prior learning experience or skills shall be assessed and certified under the
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) component of the Scheme. RPL aims to align the competencies
of the unregulated workforce of the country to the NSQF. Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs), such
as Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) or any other agencies designated by MSDE/NSDC, shall be
incentivised to implement RPL projects in any of the three Project Types (RPL Camps, RPL at
Employer’s Premises and RPL centres). To address knowledge gaps, PIAs may offer Bridge Courses
to RPL candidates.
3. Special Projects Guidelines
The Special Projects component of PMKVY envisages the creation of a platform that will facilitate
trainings in special areas and/or premises of Government bodies, Corporates or Industry bodies, and
trainings in special job roles not defined under the available Qualification Packs (QPs)/National
Occupational Standards (NOSs). Special Projects are projects that require some deviation from the
terms and conditions of Short Term Training under PMKVY for any stakeholder. A proposing
stakeholder can be either Government Institutions of Central and State Government(s)/Autonomous
Body/Statutory Body or any other equivalent body or corporates who desire to provide training to
4. Kaushal and Rozgar Mela Guidelines
Social and community mobilisation is extremely critical for the success of PMKVY. Active
participation of the community ensures transparency and accountability, and helps in leveraging the
cumulative knowledge of the community for better functioning. In line with this, PMKVY assigns
special importance to the involvement of the target beneficiaries through a defined mobilisation
process. TPs shall conduct Kaushal and Rozgar Melas every six months with press/media coverage;
they are also required to participate actively in National Career Service melas and on-ground
5. Placement Guidelines
PMKVY envisages to link the aptitude, aspiration, and knowledge of the skilled workforce it creates
with employment opportunities and demands in the market. Every effort thereby needs to be made
by the PMKVY TCs to provide placement opportunities to candidates, trained and certified under the
Scheme. TPs shall also provide support to entrepreneurship development.
6. Monitoring Guidelines
To ensure that high standards of quality are maintained by PMKVY TCs, NSDC and empaneled
Inspection Agencies shall use various methodologies, such as self-audit reporting, call validations,
surprise visits, and monitoring through the Skills Development Management System (SDMS). These
methodologies shall be enhanced with the engagement of latest technologies.
Branding is an important aspect of communicating the Scheme accurately. All the TCs need to brand their
centres and promotional activities in accordance with these Guidelines. The TCs shall also promote activities
conducted at their centres on various social media platforms. The Branding and Communications Guidelines
of the Scheme shall be issued separately.
The aforementioned Scheme Guidelines are a result of consultations and inputs received from a wide range of
stakeholders and the lessons learnt during the implementation of the on-going Scheme.
NSDC reserves the right to modify the Scheme Guidelines at any time. All updates shall be displayed on the
PMKVY official website ( All stakeholders are advised to regularly check the website
for amendments if any. For further clarification on the Scheme and its Guidelines, contact the PMKVY Project
Management Unit (PMU) at

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