MSDE and NCVET issues guidelines for Awarding Bodies and Assessment Agencies

Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) in collaboration with National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) have unveiled robust set of guidelines for Awarding Bodies (AB) and Assessment Agencies (AA) over a digital conference on October 28, 2020. This was issued in line with Prime Minister Modi’s vision of making India the skill capital of the world.


  • The guidelines and operation manuals have been developed to recognise and regulate these two entities- AB and AA.
  • The guidelines have been aimed at improved incomes, establishing quality, and standardizing the processes under Skill India Mission.


India have a diverse skilling ecosystem which is supported by key stakeholders, and organizations. So, there was a need of such vibrant policy framework that encourages the improvements and key transformations in the skilling network. Therefore the need of the hour is to have a dynamic robust strategy framework that encourages improvements at a vast level. The guidelines  address the needs of many stakeholders and  good governance. The prepared guidelines take into account the existing systems while incorporating the progressive changes required to empower every candidate who desires to be skilled.

National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET)

The body was notified by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) on December 5, 2018. The body acts as an overarching skills regulator that regulates the functioning of entities engaged in vocational education and training. It also establishes the minimum standards for the functioning of such entities. The body is responsible for quality assurance and to formalize the qualifications. India’s diverse skilling ecosystem caters to multiple levels of skilling in various sectors.

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE)

It was formed on November 9, 2014 by the Government of India. The ministry focus on to enhance employability of skills. MSDE undertakes the significant initiatives and reforms to formalize the policy, framework and standards. It also launch new programs and schemes, create new infrastructure and upgrade the existing institutions.  The ministry is aimed at bridging the gap between demand and supply of skilled manpower in order to build new skills and innovation. More than 3 crore people have been trained under Skill India so far.

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