Management guru CK Prahlad, Infosys' Nandan Nilekani have been included in the newly reconstituted Prime Minister's National Council on Skill Development, the apex body to guide activities in the field.
Chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Council will have Ministers of HRD, Finance, Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises, Rural Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Labour and Employment and Chairperson of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council as its members.
Besides Prahlad and Nilekani, other experts on the Council are Laila Tayabji, founder of NGO Dastakaar, Renana Jhabwala, coordinator of the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA), Rajendra Pawar, Chairman of the National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT), and Manish Sabharwal, founder and managing director of HR BPO firm India Life Hewitt.
The principal secretary to the prime minister would be the member-secretary of the council.
The Council is the apex of a three-tier structure and would be concerned with vision setting and laying down core strategies, a PMO statement said.
The Council would be assisted by the National Skill Development Coordination Board chaired by the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission which will coordinate action for skill development both in the public and the private sector.
The Ministry of Finance is setting up a National Skill Development Corporation to promote private sector action for skill development, it said.
The Chairperson of the National Skill Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation to be set up by the Ministry of Finance would also be a Member of the Council.