A new feature called the Bharatskills Forum has been added to the Bharatskills learning platform of DGT that allows sharing of books, notes, videos, a question bank, etc., and other relevant skill-related content to interested learners. This facility shall act as a digital warehouse for the skilling community as it will allow access to handwritten trainers’ or trainees’ notes, PDFs, scanned copies, or recorded videos in any preferred language.
Bharatskills Forum (https://bskillforum.bharatskills.gov.in/ ) was launched by Atul Kumar Tiwari, Secretary, MSDE in the presence of Trishaljit Sethi,Director General/ AS, DGT on Sep 30.
Launched in Oct 2019 as an online learning platform called the Bharatskills (https://bharatskills.gov.in ), a Central Digital Repository for skills, for the trainees and trainers of the ITI ecosystem, providing easy access to updated curriculum, e-books, Question Banks, mock/practice papers, learning videos, etc., for courses under the Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS), Craft Instructor Training Scheme (CITS) and the Apprenticeship Training Scheme (ATS),has increased multi-fold from around 90,000 users in March 2020 to more than 48 Lakh unique users having accessed the portal and over 1.75 crores hits as of date.
It also enhanced and enabled anytime, anywhere learning outside the classrooms. This platform also presents unique access to a centralized, scalable, and thriving support ecosystem through its industrial partners for the students and teachers who can now learn the new age (Industrial Revolution 4.0) skills to meet the demands of the industry.
The skills secretary termed the addition of forum as now opening a two-way, unique facility for the trainers, trainees and those interested in skill training, for sharing relevant content within the skill community. “We can say that the Bharatskills Forum is for the Skill Community and at the same time, by the Skill Community,” he added.
The Directorate General of Training (DGT), under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), is the key agency for providing Vocational Training for the Indian youth under the Government’s flagship of the Skill India Programme owns this portal.