SANKALP Scheme (Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness Scheme)

SANKALP scheme stands for Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness scheme for Livelihood Promotion. This project was launched with the initiative of putting NSDM or the National Skill Development Mission into practice. This scheme was launched by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in January 2018. With keeping the primary goals of the National Skill Development Mission, the SANKALP mission is implemented along with the financial support of the World Bank. 

The primary goal of the initiative is to strengthen the institutional procedures at state as well as national levels to put together a group of highly skilled and qualitative trainers along with assessors, generating conjunctions in the training activities of the skill development courses on the state levels, promoting access of the programs for skill development, offering different approaches for training opportunities to enhance skills, building proper arrangements for evaluation and monitoring of the programs for skill training, etc. Therefore, the primary purpose of the scheme is to fulfill the need for highly skilled professionals by providing skill-based pieces of training. This also meets the requirements of vocational training in the industries. 


  • SANKALP proposes to build academic assistance and trainers with self-assist models.
  • There will also be additional pursuits under this scheme for practical training activities.
  • The primary focus is on the higher level of devolution in the planning of skills via the strengthening of institutions at the state level, which includes making provisions for State Skill Development Missions and provides the states with numerous Skill Development Missions at the District level as well.
  • There are special provisions for marginalized communities such as women, Scheduled Castes (SC), Schedules Tribes (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) as well. They will be provided with skill training prospects.
  • This scheme will help the country build a skill ecosystem that will eventually help in the growth of India's business index.

 States Component

  • The goal of this part is to support Indian states in certain activities. Some of them are
  • Intensifying the systems and increasing the capacity for skill training and development.
  • Making arrangements for the states with the National level skill ecosystem to enhance and boost provisions for SANKALP.
  • Provide incentives for the marginalized groups to promote the scheme at both rural and urban levels.
  • Implement and plan programs for skill development according to the need of the local people.

Mechanism of SANKALP

The scheme has been set up for the efficient running of other sub-missions of the country which operates under the National Missions. It has three essential components, which are:

  • Capacity Creation
  • Institutional Development & Strengthening
  • Entrepreneurship Development

Institutional Development & Strengthening

The institutional development and strengthening operate along with the various components of other schemes for smooth operation.

National Skill Certification & Accreditation

The national skill certification was formulated to set up values, consideration, and certifications for every course provided and managed under the depository of skill certificates. This also supports the expansion of architecture of the nation’s strengthening, supporting while regulating and monitoring the needs. The whole ecosystem of skill will gain profit from this venture in the architectural sector.

Labor Market Informations

The labor market information system is supposed to be cultivated as a storehouse and depository unit for the related information from the on-going skill increase program. This will be a single-window showcasing data storehouse of four central agencies. The systems for Development of Skill management will be built, especially for supervision and efficient running of the ecosystem of skills along with allowing the numerous features of the SANKALP scheme.

National Skill Research Division

The structure of the National Skill Research Division is to build a united national authorization to regulate accreditations and registration programs for the training centers and providers. Therefore, it is planned to build a separate social division for skill research to create a competent team for effectiveness. The team's principal responsibility will be researching and analyzing the new trends in the labor market and to regulate various programs for skill development according to that. The structure must be universal and efficient.

Kaushal Mart

This is a unique platform for reservation of skills where the skilled people exchange each other's ethics and work tactics for benefits. It is also known as the Skilled Laborer Marketplace. In this place, the laborers are found and hired by different people.

Takshila-National Portal 

Takshila-National Portal for Trainers is also a unique platform for the assistants and trainers who help manage everyday activities. This is a file which consists of all the information and data of the assessor or trainer.

Entrepreneurship Development

The entrepreneurship development programs regulate as the primary power source for productive employment and growth. The numerous departments and ministries are currently running various applications with the aim of entrepreneurship in rural areas along with urban areas. Still, the efforts go into vain because of the lack of modules. The SANKALP scheme focuses on building and mapping specific private sectors for the same.

Capacity Creation

It is focused on familiarizing the institution for skill training and promoting them, which will be industrial along with job oriented. The institution will be set up as the viable trial fund, which provides a reliable and supportable financial aid for a more extended period. This might support the aspirants to focus on the career more seriously in the vocational space. Currently, the skilling ecosystem lacks certain things, such as the demand for trainers and assessors, along with the need for skill training. Plus, the academics will be operated by the councils of the skill sector.


The Indian International Skill Centers are being set up with the goal of placements in foreign countries. Until now, almost sixteen IISC have been successfully established, and some aspirants have been hired overseas as well. Furthermore, more than sixty Indian International Skill Centers will be established soon under this scheme. Plus, the International Awarding Body or IAB will operate the certification and assessments of the qualified candidates as per the international standards.

You can learn more about this scheme on its official website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the SANKALP scheme?

The SANKALP scheme was launched to promote skill development and reinforce the organizational mechanism to boost appropriate and quality skill development programs for the youth of India.

Q. Who launched this scheme?

This scheme was launched by the government of India along with the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs.

Q. When was this scheme launched?

The scheme was launched on January 19, 2018.

Q. What is the tenure of this scheme?

This scheme will be in works for six years which is till March, 2023.

Q. What is the budget of the scheme?

The budget of the scheme is INR 4455 crore.

Q. What are the implementation areas of this scheme?

The scheme will be implemented at all national, state and district levels.

Q. Is there any provision for placement outside India?

Yes, the candidates might also get places in foreign countries under the IISC project.

Q. What is the main focus of the scheme?

The main focus of the scheme is to improve the skill sets of the youth of India by setting up numerous skill development training programs