What is SANKALP (Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion)?

What is SANKALP (Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion)?


Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) project mainly aims to implement the importance of the National Skill Development Mission (NSDM), which was launched on 15th July by Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, through its core sub-missions.

The project will become in action in mission mode through World Bank support and is joined with the overall objectives of the NSDM. The main objectives of the project covers strengthening institutional mechanisms at both national and state levels, building a pool of quality trainers and assessors, creating convergence among all skill training activities at the state level, establishing robust monitoring and evaluation system for skill training programs, providing access to skill training opportunities to the disadvantaged sections and most importantly supplement the Make in India initiative by catering to the skill requirements in relevant manufacturing sectors.


Under SANKALP four key result areas have been identified viz:

(i) Institutional Strengthening; (ii) Assured Quality; (iii) Inclusion; and (iv) Increasing Skills through PPPs. The results shall be achieved in time bound manner by utilizing the project funding of $675 Million (Rs. 4455 Crore). The project is funded by three major parts: (i) World Bank loan assistance of $ 500Mn (Rs. 3300 Crore) under Program for Results instrument which includes Program funding and Technical Assistance (TA); (ii) States’ contribution $100 Million (Rs. 660 Crore); and (iii) Industry contribution of $75 Million (Rs. 495 Crore).

Institutional and Implementation Arrangements

  • SANKALP is a national Program, with a multi-level establishing structure. The overall scheme responsibility rests with the MSDE, with individual sub-pillars executed through the NSDC, NSDA, NSDF, SSDMs and other Program Implementation Agencies (PIAs)
  • At the national level, the MSDE will be the only agency for supporting the Operation. Program implementation will be supported by NSDA, NSDC, SSDMs, other PIAs and a PMU.
  • The NSDA will also be providing strength through the setup of the NSRD. The NSDC, which already has experience in managing large-scale programs and working in partnership with the private sector, will be given the added responsibility of supporting the management of the CSR Skills Fund through the NSDF, with the support of a dedicated Skills Fund management team.
  • At the state level, the primary responsibility for Program delivery lies with the state governments. The SSDM is housed in the nodal department implementing the program in the state.
  •  The state mission supervises the implementation of the Program at the district level, facilitates convergence with other departments, ensures preparation of the DSDP for each district, and monitors state performance against SIG criteria.

Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs)

  • SANKALP has been created to use the Program for Results instrument of the World Bank and funds will be disbursed based on achievement of results based objectives for improvement in the system and institutions.
  • The DLIs are supplemented with Verification protocols that define how achievement of each DLI will be seen from inception. The distribution from the World Bank to the Government of India will be based on the DLC achievements.
  • The program funds that will be distributed by MSDE will strictly adhere to procedures required as per GFR. Moreover, the program funds within the allocation and DLIs achievements ceiling, will be disbursed based on projects submitted by the implementing organizations and duly approved by the project steering committee (PSC) which will be chaired by Secretary MSDE as well as member secretary NSDM.
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