Minister of State for Skill Development Rajiv Pratap Rudy told media on Tuesday that the skill development ministry, under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship Skill India Mission, till now has trained more than 1.17 crore aspirants in various skills.
Ruby was addressing the media on completion of three years of the BJP government at the center and said this number did not include members trained under skill development schemes and initiatives taken by other ministries.
He further said that ministry is trying hardest to improve the quality of industrial training institutes which serve around 23 lakh students across the country.
"Human Resource Development Ministry has allowed us to conduct exams for students enrolled in ITIs for matriculation, secondary and higher secondary equivalence and give certificates to them," the Minister said.
"Skill India is a silent revolution that is underway and it is a joint investment that the government along with the private partners is making for the growth of the country," he said.
Further addressing the media he said that Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, which was launched by the government in 2015 has trained more than 26.5 lakh people in various skills and more than 50% of them are women. Last year the participation by women under PMKVY was 40 and "I am elated to see that we have an equal male-female ratio this year cumulatively", the Minister said.
"We are seeing that transition happen gradually. More and more corporate firms are partnering with us on different levels," the Minister said.