Scheme for ‘Skill Development in ESDM for Digital India’
Under the aegis of ‘Digital India’ programme launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister, the department has approved a Scheme for “Skill Development in ESDM for Digital India” on 09.12.2014 to cover all the States/UTs of the country in order to facilitate creation of an eco-system for development of ESDM sector in the entire country for facilitating skill development for 3,28,000 persons in ESDM sector at an outlay of Rs. 411 crore (approx.) in a period of 4 years. This is in continuation of the above mentioned ‘Scheme for Financial Assistance to select States/UTs for Skill Development in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector’ approved earlier which is being implemented in 8 states. Both the Schemes are to be implemented concurrently.

Types of Courses to be covered:
The scheme is proposed to facilitate all kinds of Non-formal skill oriented courses that could go on evolving as per industry requirement as per the following broad parameters:
Designed, evolved, recognized by ESSCI/NIELIT/TSSC
Standard courses conducted by ITIs, other govt. training institutions could also be included
To be conducted by agencies/institutions recognized/accredited by ESSCI/NIELIT/TSSC
Courses are to be in line with National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) at various Levels (i.e. up to Level 5) in a modular way
Duration of courses could range from 200 hrs to 400 hrs.
Could be imparted in part-time mode or full-time mode.
Course fee could be arrived at depending on no. of hours, level of expertise involved and type of investment required for creating training infrastructure, labs, etc.
All courses to follow a uniform training process prescribed by ESSCI/NIELIT/TSSC.
All candidates trained by various agencies to acquire certificate by ESSCI/NIELIT/TSSC to become eligible for financial assistance.


The Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) is a Non-Profit Organization, registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. We are an industry led apex body, jointly set up by The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Indian Cellular Association (ICA) & Telecom Centres of Excellence (TCOE) to ensure adequate availability of skilled manpower to boost growth and productivity in the Telecom Sector. Set up under the aegis of the National Skill Development Corporation, TSSC has members from the various Telecom industries, Academia, Industry associations (such as COAI, ICA, AUSPI & TAIPA) and representation from the Government (DeitY) as well.
Indian Telecom sector has emerged as one of the greatest economic success stories, registering a consistent overall growth rate of more than 35% over the past decade in terms of subscribers. India is the second largest & fastest growing Telecom market in the world with 939 million subscribers as on 31st August, 2012, with overall Tele-density of 77% (TRAI). Further, the annual mobile handset sales are expected to cross 200 million units mark this year and India is fast becoming a manufacturing hub for the Telecom infrastructure equipment.
With m-governance, m-commerce, m-education, m-health, online shopping, m-gaming, m2m communications & many such new innovations, Telecom is set to increasingly permeate the lives of common Indians in coming years. The Indian Telecom success story would continue with 3G networks and smartphones, besides focussing on the under-penetrated rural markets.
This dynamic sector, employs close to 2.8 million people directly and almost another 7 million indirectly, making it one of the largest employment generating sectors in the country. At the current rate of growth, it has the potential to generate almost an equal number of job opportunities over the next ten years. This gave rise to the need for an organization that would lead skill development in a Public Private Partnership mode and would be responsible for charting the human resource requirement in the value chain of the telecom sector. As a result, TSSC will endeavour to create a human resource pool of the right size and quality to meet the evolving demands of the Telecom industry.

The Telecom Sector Skill Council is committed to develop world class skilled manpower for the Telecom industry

Telecom Sector Skill Council, a non-profit industry driven body set up under the aegis of the NSDC would strive to:
Create a viable ecosystem by implementing an "integrated approach" by prioritizing initiatives that can have a catalytic effect to develop competency based framework of world class excellence for skill development and quality assurance of personnel in the Telecom sector
Narrow the existing gap between demand and supply of skills by increased collaboration between the three primary stakeholders i.e. HR, Industry and academia
Up-skill and certify 45 Lacs personnel in 150 trades, train 24,000 trainers, accredit 500 training organizations and to cover the whole country progressively over a period of 10 years by signing MOUs with around 200 industries

Facilitate Training the Trainer
Develop necessary frameworks for standards, curriculum and quality assurance at all levels in vocational / technical programs to meet the needs of the industry.
Participate in regional and international vocational telecom sector development initiatives