"This growing interest among other things shows the seriousness with which the ‘Skilling Mission’ is being taken in our country. We concluded the two-day meet with great confidence of skilling 3.3 million youth this year," he said.

During the two-day event, NSDC also signed four Memorandums of Understanding with University Grants Commission, University of Pune, National Urban Livelihood Mission-Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu Open University. The Uttar Pradesh Skill Development Mission signed Service Level Agreements with eight Sector Skill Councils within NSDC.

The close of the event saw five awards being bestowed upon IL&FS Skill Development Corporation (Best Performing Partner), LabourNet Services (Best Sustainable Initiative), Gram Tarang-Jatni (Best Training Centre), Kushal-CREDAI (Most Compliant Training Partner), Pan IIT Alumni Reach for India (Best Upcoming Partner).

For the fourth year in a row, NSDC achieved the annual targets set.

In 2013-14, NSDC crossed its target and brought 1.05 million youth into the skilling eco-system. Including the number of people skilled under the National Skill Certification and Reward Scheme also known as STAR scheme to the total for 2013-14 brought it to 1.3 million.

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), which was formed under the Ministry of Finance, is a public-private partnership not-for-profit entity that includes 31 Sector Skill Councils and 136 training partners with over 2500+ training centres spread across 366 districts in the country.

NSDC is mandated to skill 150 million Indians by 2022.

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