The Government of India initiated the Scheme for economic support to the selected states for skill development in ESDM sector in November 2013. The purpose of the scheme was to improve the skilling capabilities in Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) sector through private and public sector for students/unemployed youth belonging to other disciplines.
The aim of the scheme is to give financial support to the states for promoting skill development for 90,000 persons in Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) sector for enhancing their employment opportunities. This scheme is implemented by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology.
Afterwards, in December 2014 the Government of India improved the range of the scheme (with minor modifications in finance flow) to the rest of the country. The new scheme intended as a scheme for skill development in Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) for Digital India targets to skill 3,28,000 candidates. Both the schemes will run simultaneously and gives an accumulative aim of training 4,18,000 candidates in the coming 4 years for fruitful job opportunities in ESDM sector.
The Scheme is executed by 3 Key Implementing Agencies (KIAs) namely Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI), National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), and Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC). The scheme is operated and controlled by Program Management Unit (PMU) at NIELIT, under the protection of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in a clear way.
Salient features of the Schemes are :-
- Target Beneficiaries – 8th /10th Pass, ITI holders, Under Graduates, and Graduates, Polytechnics.
- Training is granted in 5 steps, i.e. National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) compliant Level1 – Level5.
- Electronics Sector Skill Council of India (ESSCI), National Institute of Electronics & IT (NIELIT) and Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) are the Key Implementing Agencies.
- Project criteria (Hours, Base Cost etc.) are arrayed to common regulations informed by Cabinet for several skill development schemes w.e.f. 01.04.2016
- Economic support for skilling and certification is 75% to General Category and 100% to SC / ST/EWS Category.
- A skilled council has suggested 59 NSQF compliant courses (40 service and 19 manufacturing courses.).
Benefits of Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) Scheme
- The project is targeted to candidates studying at IX/X level onwards, Polytechnic, ITI, undergraduate and also unemployed youth who are school dropouts from the 8th pass onwards, graduates, ITI Certificate or Diploma holders, registrants in employment exchanges. To boost Manufacturing Sector Skilling, engineering graduates are now allowed for L5 level courses.
- The applicant can register at any of the 5 NSQF Levels (L1 to L5) specified, subject to meeting the minimum eligibility criteria, as described in the concerned NSQF Course. The courses have now been completely arrayed in terms of NSQF levels and number of hours align with the National Skill Development Council (NSDC) authorized National Occupation Standards (NOS).
- The entire course under the scheme is required to be aligned with the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). Government financing is not obtainable for any course if it is not NSQF compliant.
- All the applicants are required to assure that they have a valid Aadhaar Number. In case an applicant doesn’t have Aadhaar, he/she may get registered at the nearest Aadhaar/NPR enrollment centers. The candidates must also provide their approval for Aadhaar authentication or e-KYC process.
For Training Partners (TP)
- Training Partner (TP) is a crucial link in the execution of the skill development initiative. The TP is responsible for collection of candidates in active cooperation with KIAs / State Implementing Agencies.
- The courses should be preferably provided as a full time course at 6 hours/day excluding break time. The courses can also be given on a part time basis at 2/4 hours/day and TPs would be needed to uphold the training schedule, during the period of each batch and provide such particulars at the time of enrollment, application or wherever necessary.
- The entire course under the scheme is needed to be aligned with the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). Government financing is not available for any course if it is not NSQF compliant.
- The batch size is suggested to be of 20-30 candidates as per the regulations specified by the concerned Key Implementing Agency viz. ESSCI, TSSC, NIELIT, multiple batches to be formed in case of larger enrollments. For batch size less than 20, the KIA may allow the same, on a case-to-case basis.
For State Implementing Agency (SIA)
- To sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NIELIT-PMU and be the single point of contact on behalf of the State Government/UT w.r.t. execution of the Scheme.
- To contact with the training/skilling partners (both government as well as private including Polytechnics, ITIs, other same state level institutions, etc.) duly recognized/accredited by NIELIT/ ESSCI/TSSC.
- To develop an industry connects with local manufacturing industries, so as to promote an association between training/skilling partners and Industries to facilitate on-the-shop-floor training for candidates
- To develop appropriate monitoring mechanism, wherever feasible, to prevent double counting and proper monitoring.
- To supervise the training/skilling partners on different parameters such as conduction, infrastructure of training/ assessment.
For Key Implementing Agency
NIELIT, ESSCI, and TSSC are the Key Implementing Agency and have the following roles :
- Accreditation/ Affiliation of TPs
- To set up Accreditation guidelines.
- KIAs are demanded to gain appropriate undertaking/compliance with the Code of Ethics from their affiliated TPs. It would be the responsibility of the KIA to uphold these documents. KIA shall create available copy of such documents to PMU / MeitY as and when required.
- To develop regulations for regular monitoring and evaluation of the quality of TPs/accredited institutions.
- To develop a proficiency based curriculum that would be applicable to this Scheme.
For Program Management Unit (PMU)
- To skillfully control and assist MeitY in execution and monitoring of the scheme in the identified States/UTs.
- To function and handle the scheme in all States/UTs including transfer of funds to the different executing agencies in a clear way.
- Assist the creation of awareness concerning the scheme.
- Enlist different stakeholders through print and electronic media, workshops, seminars etc.
- Assure that the scheme is executed as per the guidelines specified by MeitY.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q-1. What are the key objectives of Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) Scheme?
Ans. :- The objectives of the scheme are to deliver economic support to the states for facilitating skill development for 90,000 persons in ESDM sector for enhancing their employability.
Q-2. What is the total course fee of ESDM Scheme?
Ans. :- For General Candidate, 75% of the course fee and for Reserved Candidates (SC/ ST/EWS), 100% of the course fee would be payable by MeitY for the successfully certified candidates. For General Category, this would be refunded to the TP, subject to consent from related KIA and subject to meeting the employability rules set under the Scheme. For the remaining 25%, the candidate may pay to the TP during enrollment. The TP is free to bear (with candidate) this cost or offer credit facility to the candidates as per their wish. MeitY will not interfere with the mutual arrangement between the TP and the candidate in this regard.
Q-3. What is the target age group of this course?
Ans.:- The Scheme is targeted to candidates studying at IX/X standard onwards, Polytechnic, ITI, undergraduate and also unemployed youth who are school dropouts from the 8th pass onwards, Diploma holders or ITI Certificate graduates, registrants in employment exchanges. In order to boost Manufacturing Sector skilling, engineering graduates are now allowed for L5 level courses.
Q-4. What are the requirements of the institutions?
Ans:- 1. Institutions should fall under any of these categories:
2. NIELIT Hardware (CHM-O/A Level) accredited.
3. Institutions must be acknowledged by Councils under the Central Government like AICTE.
4. College/Institutes/ITIs/Polytechnics affiliated to a University set by Central or State/ UT Government or recognized by UGC.
5. Institutions must be in operation for at least last two years.
6. The Institute must have ownership or lease of requisite land/building in its name.
7. Institution must have the basic facilities like permanent structure for class rooms and laboratories.
8. Furniture for all the classrooms/labs/A-V room/library/ staff rooms etc.
9. Area requirements for one batch of 25 students (minimum).
10. Faculty Requirements for one batch of 25 students (minimum).
Note :- Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) Scheme – A special implementation by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology with a motive to improve the skilling capabilities in Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) sector through private and public sector for students/unemployed youth for upgrading their employability.