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Skill Development, Labour & Employment
Skill Development, Labour and Employment

The Skill Development and Employment Division plays a key role in (i) building and sharing knowledge for accelerating policy initiatives for making Indian youth and workforce employable, (ii) identifying as well as offering solutions to critical issues concerning employment, jobs and livelihood creation. The Division provides advice and policy guidance to key stakeholders involved in skill development, employment generation and social welfare.

The Division engages with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) in formulating policy/programme initiatives and reforms related to skill development, apprenticeships and employment issues. The Division also collaborates with various research organisations, development partners and experts to advance research oriented towards making an impact on policy and programme initiatives.

Core Functions


  • Engaging with MSDE and MoLE on issues of policy/schemes through appraisal of SFCs, EFCs, Cabinet Notes and PPRIDs.

  • Developing strategy papers on the themes of skill development, apprenticeships, migrant labour, labour welfare.

  • Developing briefs on the labour market, female labour force participation, employment and unemployment data.

  • Collaborating with research organisations and development partners for research studies and development initiatives in the areas of skill development and livelihood generation.

Who’s Who
Name  Designation Email ID

K. Rajeswara Rao

Special Secretary

Rajesh Gupta Director

Sakshi Khurana


Satish Chandra

Economic Officer

Rashmi Ranjana Singh

Young Professional

Oshin Dharap Young Professional
Abhishek Pandey Section Officer (UT & NILERD)


  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Tata Trusts

  • Omidyar Network

  • Self-Employed Women’s Association

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

  • International Labour Organization

  • GIZ

  • Confederation of Indian Industries


  • Larsen and Toubro (L&T)

  • FUEL Foundation

  • Lupin Foundation

  • VV Giri National Labour Institute


Line Ministries


  • Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

  • Ministry of Labour and Employment





  • Strengthening the Apprenticeship System in India

  • District Skill Development Planning for Advancing Skill Development

  • Tracking Progress of Skill Development

  • Advancing Construction Skills’ Training in Aspirational Districts (in collaboration with L&T)

  • Initiative for Utilising the Talent Pool of Non-Recommended Meritorious Candidates that Appeared in Recruitment Examinations

  • Engaging with the Ministry of Labour and Employment for Setting Up a Portal for Unorganised and Migrant Workers

  • Dialogue on Migration

  • Study on Overcoming Barriers and Enhancing Female Labour Force Participation

  • Analysis of District Skill Plans

  • Integration of Unnati Portal with State Employment Data

  • Care Sector Livelihood Opportunities

  • Study on Gig and Platform Economy

  • Study on Convergence of Skilling Schemes

  • Consultation on Digital Apprenticeship Opportunities