Prelims Quiz – Skill Development in India

Find the answers and detailed explanations at the end of the post:


Q.1. Which of the following committees dealt with ‘Industrial Training Institutes and Skill Development Initiative Scheme’:

a. Kirit Somaiya Committee

b. Mihir Shah Committee

c. Sunil Mehta Committee

d. None of the above


Q.2. Which of the following statements about the Quality Council of India (QCI) is/are correct: (1) The QCI was set up in 1990; (2) Quality Council of India has been entrusted with responsibility of accreditations & inspections of ITIs; (3) The Ministry of Labour and Employment is the nodal ministry for QCI.

a. Only 2 and 3

b. Only 1 and 2

c. Only 2

d. Only 1 and 3


Q.3. Which of the following statements is/are true: (1) National Council for Vocational Training is constituent Board of Quality Council of India; (2) National Accreditation Board for Education and Training is an advisory body.

a. Only 1

b. Only 2

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2


Q.4. Which of the following statements about the ‘National Skill Development Corporation’ (NSDC is/are true: (1) NSDC is a not-for-profit company; (2) NSDC has been set up by the Ministry of Finance.

a. Only 1

b. Only 2

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2


Q.5. Which of the following committees was constituted to ‘Review, Rationalize and Optimize the Functioning of Sector Skill Councils’:

a. Sharada Prasad Committee

b. Mihir Shah Committee

c. Sunil Mehta Committee

d. Kirit Somaiya Committee


Answers and explanation-

Q. 1 – a. Kirit Somaiya Committee

Q. 2 – c. Only 2

Q. 3 – d. Neither 1 nor 2

Q. 4 – c. Both 1 and 2

Q.5. – a. Sharda Prasad Committee


The Standing Committee on Labour (Chairperson: Dr. Kirit Somaiya) submitted its report on ‘Industrial Training Institutes and Skill Development Initiative Scheme’ on January 4, 2018. Read the details about the report at PRS.


Quality Council of India (QCI) was set up in 1997 jointly by the Government of India and the Indian Industry represented by the three premier industry associations i.e. Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), to establish and operate national accreditation structure and promote quality through National Quality Campaign. In 2012, the Quality Council of India (QCI) was assigned the task of scrutinising, verifying, and accrediting the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs). The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, is the nodal ministry for QCI. Source: QCI.


National Accreditation Board for Education and Training is a constituent Board of Quality Council of India. The National Council for Vocational Training, an advisory body, was set up by the Government of India in 1956 (the then National Council of Training in Vocational Trades—NCTVT). The Council has been entrusted with the responsibilities of prescribing standards and curricula for craftsmen training, advising the Government of India on the overall policy and programmes, conducting All India Trade Tests and awarding National Trade Certificates. Read more: NABET & NCVT.


National Skill Development Corporation India (NSDC), established in 2009, is a not- for- profit company set up by the Ministry of Finance, under Section 25 of the Companies Act,1956 corresponding to Section 8 of the Companies Act,2013. The present equity base of NSDC is Rs.10 crore, of which the Government of India through Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) holds 49%, while the private sector has the balance 51%. Source: NSDC.  


Sector Skill Council (SSCs) are industry led and industry governed bodies which have been mandated to-ensure that skill development efforts being made by all the stake holders are in accordance with the actual needs of the industry and develop National Occupational Standards/Competency Standards and Qualification Packs (QPs). In order to ensure convergence and optimal functioning of SSCs as per mandate given under the National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015, it was decided to constitute a Committee to review the functioning of the SSCs and provide a roadmap for their harmonious growth so as to ensure effective development of the skilling ecosystem. The Government of India, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship vide its Order dated 18th May 2016 constituted a Review Committee for Rationalisation and Optimization of the Functioning of the Sector Skill Councils under Chairmanship of Sh. Sharada Prasad. Read more at Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.