MSDE, DoT signed MoU to develop National Action Plan for Skill Development in Telecom Sector

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Who: MSDE and DoT
What: Signed MoU
When: 22 January 2016
Why: To develop National Action Plan for Skill Development

The Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Department of Telecommunication (DoT) on 22 January 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and implement National Action Plan for Skill Development in Telecom Sector.

The MoU was signed by Secretaries of the Union Ministry of Communications and Information and Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

Highlights of the MoU

• MSDE and DoT together have agreed to make concerted joint efforts towards skill development by facilitating mobilization of financial support under the National Ecosystem for Development of Telecom Skills.
• They will suggest PSUs under DOT to utilize at least 20 percent of their CSR funds for skilling purposes.
• The two ministries will also to make coordinated efforts to utilize old telephone exchanges which are no longer in use for skill development initiatives and upgrade the same on need basis.
• National Institute for Policy Research Innovation and Training (NTIPRT) will be developed for training and skill up gradation in Telecom Sector by leveraging the infrastructure and facilities.

Telecommunications Sector in India
Indian Telecommunications Sector is a fast growing technological sector having manpower needs right from high school to graduates and post graduates and people with different areas of Telecommunications and Information Technology Skills.

The Indian Telecommunications alone contributed 3 percent to national GDP in financial year 2013.