First Skill Certification Ceremony of Pilot Batches of Army Skill Training Centre, Delhi Cantt & Country’s first Under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna 2.0 By President AWWA

Army Skill Training Centres are driven by  Compassion and Purpose to Enable and Empower army Spouses and Wards to become Mainstream Contributors in their Household through NSDC Certified Courses thus,enhancing their true self-worth


Army Skill Training Centre (ASTC), Delhi Cantt the iconic skill centre, was inaugurated by Mrs Namita Suhag, President Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) on 22 Aug 2016. ASTC, Delhi Cantt runs aspiration based skilling courses for army spouses and wards in four job roles namely, Data Entry Operator, Assistant Beauty Therapist, Sewing Machine Operator and Block-printing. These skill courses are conducted under the overall guidelines of Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship that are promulgated through National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Skill courses at ASTC are conducted as per curriculum issued by NSDC aligned to a given NSQF level with a defined Qualification Pack. Pilot batches of three of these job roles, Assistant Beauty Therapist, Sewing Machine Operator and Block-printing have completed their training.


These trainees have created history by not just being the pilot batches of ASTC,  but also by producing a remarkable pass percentage of 96.25%. Continuing the trail of creating history, the ASTC Skill Certification Ceremony is also the Country’s First skill certification ceremony under PMKVY2.0 scheme.


The successful trainees were awarded Skill Certificates and start up kit by Mrs Namita Suhag, President AWWA. Addressing the trainees President AWWA urged them to put the acquired skills to good use by working and contributing to their household, thus enhancing their self worth and become an inherent part of the make in India ecosystem.


Army officers, representatives of NSDC, concerned Sector Skill Councils and IL&FS, the ASTC training partner, attended the ceremony. Army is in the process of setting up ASTCs across the country in a phased manner. In     Phase-I 15 locations have been identified, of which in addition to Delhi Cantt, Missamari and Kolkotta have commenced skilling courses. The number is slated to grow in the near future to bring a larger population of the army spouses into the folds of skilling ecosystem to enable and empower them.



Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)


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