New Delhi : The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) for scaling up skill development initiatives in the country. AAI has committed to contribute an amount of 5.25 crore of its CSR funds to NSDF along with land and premises for setting up skill development centres in the country. This pact is the result of the joint efforts made between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA).
The MoU signing ceremony took place in the gracious presence of P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (I/C) and Parliamentary Affairs. The MoU was signed by Rajesh Agarwal, CEO, NSDF, Rajiv Goel, Director India Aviation Academy, Airport Authority of India and Jayant Krishna, CEO, NSDC.
Commenting on the 'strategic partnership', Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju said the skilled workforce was required to improve airport infrastructure across the country. "As we gear up for a new civil aviation policy, for more new airports, we will have to source skilled workforce. Any vibrant programme needs a skilled workforce. This strategic partnership will certainly help us ready that workforce right now," he said.
Under the MoU, the AAI will align its ongoing skill development programmes with the Skill India mission so that all courses are taught under the 'National Skill Qualification Framework', which is recognised by the industry. The programme will be managed by the NSDC and its training partners who have till now cumulatively skilled more than 80.33 lakh youth.
Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy said this partnership will cater to the workforce requirement of the civil aviation industry. "By 2035, the civil aviation sector will employ an estimated eight to 10 lakh people directly and another three lakh indirectly. To cater to this requirement, we introduced a new Sector Skill Council exclusively for preparing a job-ready workforce for the aerospace and aviation sector last year," Rudy said.