The Directorate General of Training, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship launches public registry for all skilling information

Towards ensuring greater accessibility of information to those who need it the most, the Directorate General of Training (DGT), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has launched a public registry with all relevant skilling information. These newly created digitally-accessible registries, created by DGT, will act as a single source of information of all skilling resources being provided by the government and allied private enterprise. This includes information ontraining centres, courses, teachers, and students in the ecosystem. The aim is to provide accurate information to potential students, trainers and employers on the courses being offered by Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and the like.

Through these new electronic registries, third party organizationscan easily access the skilling information through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The new applications enable easier disseminationof detailed information on the training centres, courses along with the contact details of the concerned authorities. The information will be made available in different languagesfor easy access and a link has been created for registry on Bharat skills, a central repository for skills providing curriculum, course information and other relevant material like question banks and mock tests.

On the launch of the initiative, Rajesh Aggarwal, Additional Secretary DGT and Chair of DGT IT Sub-committee, said “We have created these registries with machine readable data and open APIs to allow other organisations to also play a part in disseminating this information. Moreover, these organisations will be able to return feedback on the data, allowing us to crowdsource verification of data.”

Additionally, DGT has introduced digitally signed PDF certificates for all ITI students. Electronic Skill Credential Standard(ESCS) with JSON-LD digitally signed certificates will prevent tampering and fraud. Most importantly, these certificates are digitally authenticated and verified by the reviewer. DGT is issuing the credentials as per an open standard thatwill also encourage other employers and education institutions. The aim is for aggregators such as LinkedIn and Naukrito be able to verifythe information and to connect individuals with suitable job profiles.