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| Last Updated:: 09/07/2019

GSDP

Green Skill Development Programme

 

India being the second most populous country in the world is bestowed with a large working population. India has advantage of reaping this demographic dividend. However, high drop-out rates from school coupled with poor vocational skills may hinder in reaping this dividend. There exists a demand supply gap of skill sets, both cognitive and practical, at various levels in the Environment/ Forest fields in India.

 

Most vocational training programmes focus on mechanical/technical skills rather than ‘soft’ or ‘green’ skills. Green skills contribute to preserving or restoring environmental quality for sustainable future and include jobs that protect ecosystems and biodiversity, reduce energy and minimize waste and pollution. In line with the Skill India Mission of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) utilising the vast network and expertise of ENVIS Hubs/RPs, has taken up an initiative for skill development in the environment and forest sector to enable India's youth to get gainful employment and/or self-employment, called the Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP). The programme endeavours to develop green skilled workers having technical knowledge and commitment to sustainable development, which will help in the attainment of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), National Biodiversity Targets (NBTs), as well as Waste Management Rules (2016). The first GSDP course was formulated for skilling Biodiversity Conservationists (Basic Course) and Para-taxonomists (Advance Course) of 3 months duration each, on a pilot basis in ten select districts of the country (covering nine bio-geographic regions).

 

The candidates completing the Course(s) may be employed gainfully in the zoos/wildlife sanctuaries/national parks/ biosphere reserves/ Botanical Gardens/Nurseries/wetland sites/ State Biodiversity Boards/Biodiversity Management Committees/Wildlife Crime Control Bureau; industries (involved in production/ manufacturing of green products, as ETP operator); tourism (as Nature/Eco-tourist Guides), agriculture (as organic farmers/ green practitioners), education & research sectors as well as engage in waste management (in Municipal Corporations/ Councils/Urban Local bodies to advise on how to improve sewage, sanitation, land use services/ tackle pollution), water management, construction related areas, etc. Some of the courses enable the candidates to become self-employed. Read More