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About The Project AMBER


The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), in collaboration with Generation India Foundation (GIF) and Amazon Web Services India Private Limited (AWS India), is providing ‘cloud’ skills training to 1,500 under project AMBER.


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Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Project AMBER
  2. About Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP)

Project AMBER

  • The Accelerated Mission for Better Employment and Retention (AMBER) project is a collaborative effort between the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the Global Innovation Fund (GIF).
  • Objective: AMBER, operating under the SANKALP programme of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), aims to establish pathways for employment and retention, particularly for underprivileged groups and women, in the tech industry.
  • Training Goal: The project’s goal is to provide training to 30,000 youths, with a special emphasis on women, accounting for 50% of the participants.

Key Features of the Project

  • AWS (re/Start) Program: Participants engage in the AWS (re/Start) initiative, a workforce development program for unemployed or underemployed individuals.
  • Skill Development: Training encompasses fundamental AWS cloud skills, along with practical insights into career development such as resume creation and interview preparation.
  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Learners receive instruction in various technologies like Linux, Python, networking, security, and relational databases, using real-world scenarios, labs, and coursework.
  • Certification Coverage: The project covers the costs for participants to take the AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification exam. This credential validates their cloud proficiency and connects them to job opportunities in the cloud and IT sectors.
Significance and Impact
  • Workforce Entry: AMBER introduces entry-level talent into the workforce, enabling individuals to initiate successful careers in cloud technology.
  • Enhancing Competitiveness: The project enhances organizations’ competitive edge by equipping them with sought-after talent.
  • Community Advancement: AMBER contributes to community development through increased job prospects and skills development.

About Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP)

  • Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) is a Centrally sponsored (World Bank supported) scheme of Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
  • It is an outcome focused scheme marking shift in government’s implementation strategy in vocational education and training from inputs to results.
  • SANKALP aims to implement the mandate of the National Skill Development Mission (NSDM).
  • The objective of SANKALP is to enhance institutional mechanisms for skills development and increase access to quality and market-relevant training for the work force.
  • The scheme provides the required impetus to the National Skill Development Mission, 2015 and its various sub missions.
  • It is aligned to flagship Government of India programs such as Make in India and Swachhta Abhiyan and aims at developing globally competitive workforce for domestic and overseas requirements.
Under SANKALP four key result areas have been identified:
  • Institutional Strengthening (at National, State & District level)
  • Quality Assurance Quality Assurance of skill development programs
  • Inclusion of marginalised population in skill development
  • Expanding Skills through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).
  • SANKALP aims at:
    • Strengthening institutions at the State and National levels
    • Monitoring of market relevant training;
    • Improving the quality and relevance of skill developed programs;
    • Making skills training accessible to female trainees and other underprivileged groups;
    • Expanding the scheme’s reach through private-public partnerships (PPPs). 

 -Source: The Hindu

February 2024