Environment ministry launches 30 green skill programmes to skill youths with environment


New Delhi: Emphasising that the Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) will go a long way in reaping the demographic dividend in the country, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan said that the GSDP aims to get 80, 000 people imparted green skills and in filling the skill gaps in the environment sector.

Speaking after launching the Mobile App of Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) at the Ministry premises here today, Harsh Vardhan pointed out, “More than 30 programmes have been identified, which will be conducted in 84 institutions across the country. He also stressed that such an initiative will complement the vision of the PM Modi, of skilling India’s youth and strengthening the resolve to conserve and protect the environment.”

He further said that the number of people to be employed under GSDP will be increased to cover 2.25 lakh people next year and to about 5 lakh people by the year 2021. 

The objective of GSDP is skilling the youth of India, especially dropouts and in return also increasing the availability of skilled workforce.  Recalling his positive experience from the interactions with the people who underwent training as part of the pilot project during his recent visit to Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kolkata, Union Minister underlined that those who imparted the training skills and those who received it were highly enthused.  “The programme will be modified and strengthened from time to time”, he averred.


Following the event, Senior Economic Advisor, MoEF&CC, Anandi Subramanian said “31 percent of children are dropouts from school after the secondary stage itself. She said that skill development is one of the key priorities of the Government, with the objective to develop skill sets with employability linkage. There is a need for skilled workforce; there is also a shortage of middle-level workforce”

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