Skill development initiatives in the Indian Army (IA) for prospective retirees as well as spouses/wards of serving soldiers is steered by Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV), Adjutant General’s Branch since 2016 under the GoI Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). Nearly 1,10,000 troops at 41 Regimental Skill Training Centers (RSTCs) through 38 skill job roles have benefitted with National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) skill certification under this scheme, while almost 12,500 spouses/wards have been skilled at 37 Army Skill Training Centres (ASTCs) pan India. 


Post a prolonged COVID driven hiatus of nearly two years, owing to concerted efforts by DIAV, the skills training has successfully recommenced through Project Sankalp {managed by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)} wef Nov 22. Under the project, a total of 28 Regimental Centres are involved in conducting training on 26 contemporary job roles. Nov 22 was utilised to run pilot courses at 02 RSTCs whereas in Dec 22, a total 23 batches at 18 RSTCs have successfully conducted the training. Skills training under Project Sankalp is inimitable in many ways as it is allowing IA prospective retirees to become certified Trainers & Assessors in the National Skill Eco System. DIAV is expediting with NSDC to ensure that the particulars of efficacious trainers/assessors are on-boarded on the Skill India Portal on priority. Nearly 550 prospective retirees have successfully qualified in the said training till December 2022. Skills trg under Project Sankalp is currently in progress. The project aims at empowering 5000 prospective retirees for a dignified second innings in the National Skills domain by Mar 2023.

Project Sankalp