Union Environment Ministry launches Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) – Online Registration & App Download

Published Date - 16 May 2018 04:46:21 Updated Date - 16 May 2018 04:47:47

The Union Environment Ministry on May 15, 2018 launched the Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) with an aim to train over 5.5 lakh workers in environment and forest sectors in the country. The cost of the programmes -- which include 30 courses across 84 institutes like WII-Delhradun, Bombay Natural History Society in Mumbai, Botanical Survey of India in Pune and WWF in Delhi -- will be supported by the Union Environment Ministry.

"GSDP aims to get 80,000 people imparted green skills and filling the skill gaps in the environment sector... number of people to be employed under GSDP will be increased to cover 2.25 lakh people next year and to about 5 lakh people by the year 2021.

Skill India Programme will provide training to youths who are responsible to conserve and protect the environment. Under this scheme, govt. has already identified more than 30 programmes to be conducted in 84 institutions. GSDP will provide skill development training to youths especially dropouts of 10th and 12th class and thus will increase the availability of skilled workforce.

GSDP is a major step towards development of skill sets along with employability linkage. Govt. will modify and strengthen GSDP from time to time and is one of the key priority of the govt. Around 31% of the total children getting skill training are actually dropouts from school.


Highlights of the Green Skill Development Programme

• The Green Skill Development Programme was initially launched in 2017 as a pilot project in 10 districts only wherein 154 youths, mainly school dropouts, were trained as parataxonomists and biodiversity conservationists. 

• However, the programme is now launched on a large scale. Around 80000 youths will be trained at 80 institutions in a time frame of one year. 

• By 2020, over 2 lakh youths will be trained and by 2021, a total over 5.5 lakh youths will be trained as green skilled workers. 

How the courses will be carried out under the programme?

• The government aims to train the youth by 2021 through the launch of 30 courses. 

• It will carry out the skill development of youth in the environment and forest sectors through 30 courses with the help of its Environment Information System (ENVIS) hubs, resource partners as well as other institutions across the country. 

• The certificate courses with duration of 80 hours to 560 hours will be open for admission from July 2018 onwards. 

• Many of these courses will be open for admission to 10th and 12th dropouts.

• Few of the interesting courses will be - River Dolphin conservator, water budgeting and auditing, forest fire management, management of small botanical gardens, propagation and management of bamboo, bird identification and basic ornithology, city environment surveyors, among others. 

• These 30 courses will be taught across 84 institutes like WII-Delhradun, Bombay Natural History Society in Mumbai, Botanical Survey of India in Pune and WWF in Delhi.

• The ministry will be open to any collaboration or partnership with national and international organisations to build a strong network which can be utilised for green skilling under GSDP for sustainable conservation and management of natural resources.

• The cost of the programme will be supported by the Union Environment Ministry.

Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) – Mobile App

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) will provide skill development training in the environment and forest sector to enable them to gain employment or self-employment. Ministry will accomplish this task by using its vast network and Environmental Information System (ENVIS) hubs along with Resource Partners (RPs). All the candidates can download the GSDP Mobile App directly through the link given below:-

This application will also provide information on the centres offering GSDP courses. GSDP will develop workforce of green skilled workers who possess high technical knowledge and are committed towards the goal of sustainable development. GSDP will also help in attaining Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), National Biodiversity Targets (NBTs) and Waste Management Rules (2016).

List of GSDP Courses

Central govt. will conduct more than 30 skill development programmes during FY 2018-19. All these courses will be complaint with the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). The duration of courses will be around 80 hours to 560 hours. All the skill development programs will cover diverse fields, some of which are shown below in the table:-

Air / Water / Soil Pollution Monitoring

Sewage Treatment Plant

Effluent Treatment Plants and Common Effluent Treating Plants (STP/ETP/CETP) operation

Waste Management

Forest Management

Water Budgeting


Conservation of River Dolphins

Wildlife Management

Para Taxonomy

People’s Biodiversity Register (PBRs)

Mangroves Conservation

Bamboo Management

Livelihood Generation

In the 1st phase, govt. will create a pool of Master Trainers / Specialists who will further provide training to the youths. Even the ministry will provide the skill development training certification after the successful completion of training and after the final report submission.


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