A financing agreement for IBRD loan of US $ 250 million (equivalent) for the “Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) Project” was signed with the World Bank. The Financing Agreement was signed in New Delhi by Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Sameer Kumar Khare on behalf of Government of India and Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank.

The objective of the project is to enhance institutional mechanisms for skills development and increase access to quality and market-relevant training for the work force. The key result areas for the project include institutional strengthening at the national and state levels for planning, delivering and monitoring high-quality market-relevant training; improved quality and market relevance of skills development programmes; improved access to and completion of skills training for female trainees and other disadvantaged groups; and expanding skills training through private-public partnerships (PPPs).

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