BSNL, NSDC launch RPL program for skilling 10000 employees


TSSC, GISD, BSNL and NSDC join hands for recognition of prior learning for 10,000 employees of BSNL

In India, there is a huge demand in the Telecom sector for skilled manpower, to take this initiative further the Telecom Sector Skill Council in association with Global Institute of Skills Development, BSNL and NSDC launched the facilitation of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of 10,000 employees of BSNL at BSNL’s Head office at Janpath Delhi, which will followed by assessment & certification, enabling them to enhance their skills and future employment prospects.

The event was attended by Lt. Gen Dr. SP Kochhar, CEO Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC), Sujata Ray Dir (HR) BSNL Board, R.K.Misra Member services DOT), Deepak Sinha ( Senior DDG Skill Development DOT) and many more dignitaries. Recognition of Prior Learning(RPL), name itself reflects its identity; and importance that, it is a platform to provide recognition to the informal learning, or learning through work experience thus enabling equal acceptance as the formal levels of education. It aims to appreciate prior learning irrespective of the medium of achieving it.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an initiative of the Government of India, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrep ore vibrant”. To take this initiative forward Telecom Sector Skill Council will assess and certify 10,000 employees of BSNL reneurship, under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal VikasYojna, implemented by National Skill Development Corporation(NSDC).

Commenting on the initiative Lt. Gen Dr. SP Kochhar, CEO Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) said “This process will surely help Industry to get skilled manpower in an organized manner and hence, will help in higher growth and development of the economy.”

For the 700-million-strong workforce that India will have by 2020, the prospect of a demographic dividend hinges on the country’s ability to empower workers with right skills. The success of schemes such as RPL on the ground, though, could be the real test.

Sujata Ray Dir (HR), BSNL Board said “Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is one of the largest Central PSU having about 2.25 lakh employees. BSNL has 3 Apex Level Training Centres, 15 Regional Telecom training Centres (RTTCs), 9 CTTCs and 3 DTTCs. BSNL is happy to be part of Skill development Training in Telecom Domain. It will make BSNL Training Centres through their training partner Global Institute of Skill Development (GISD).

Talking about the association GISD Chairman Parvinder Wasu said, “It is a much required step taken towards skill development. India’s workforce is young and growing fast and a larger skilled talent pool can contribute greatly towards growth and development of country. In this context, a greater emphasis on vocational training would be beneficial. This will help in recognizing the talent of workforce.”

This project is being facilitated by Global Institute of Skill Development, whose teams would be visiting 50 cities to conduct Orientation of the BSNL employees for the RPL Certification, in the first phase and would be visiting more than 150 cities in Phase II.

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