A demand driven short-term training Modules have been introduced under the scheme titled "Skill Development Initiative - Modular Employable Skill" (SDI - MES) to enable the school drop outs and college drop outs to acquire skill in a short span.
The scheme offers multi - entry and multi exit options, flexible delivery schedule and lifelong learning. Courses are available for persons having completed minimum 5th standard and attained the age of 14 years. Testing of skills of trainees is being done by independent assessing bodies, which are not involved in training delivery, to ensure that it is done impartially. under the scheme, so far 565 courses have been developed. Testing of skills of trainees is being done by 35 independent assessing bodies.
This scheme is 100% funded by the central Government in form of reimbursement of training cost to the training providers. This scheme is implemented through 1,099 Registered Vocational Training Providers (VTPs) comprises of 62 Government ITIs, 13 Central Prisons, 1 Central Government Institute and 1,023 other private bodies.
To reduce the burden for the poor students, the state Government bears the cost of training on their behalf at Government ITI VTPs.