Invitation of Proposals for providing Skill Training under PMKVY 3.0 Special Projects

  1. National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) invites proposals from organizations that meet the eligibility as mentioned in the RFP document for the implementation of skill training under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 3.0 Special Projects For details, please refer to the RFP document.
  2. The scheme will be implemented in accordance with Guidelines for PMKVY 3.0 (2020 -21).
  3. Interested applicants will need to submit the details by filling the online application form at the RFP portal and uploading the requisite documents. The link for accessing the RFP portal will be shortly published under the ‘Notice’ section of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
  4. No other form of submission will be entertained. The deadline for the submission of application is March 17, 2021/ 14 days from the Proposal Application Portal becoming live, whichever is earlier.
    Key Instructions
  1. Given below are the key Instructions to be followed by Special Project Implementing Agencies (SPIAs) during the duration of the project:
    (a) Training During the Pandemic: SPIAs need to follow the MoHFW guidelines during the tenure of the project on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in training centres. For those issues which are not addressed in the MoHFW guidelines, the MSDE guidelines would be
    (b) Aadhar enabled candidates: Only candidates with Aadhar card will be taken under PMKVY 3.0.
    (c) PMKVY 3.0 (2020 -21) is a scheme with a limited duration and limited targets. Therefore, please apply for Special Projects targets, for One Classroom with One Lab a target of 60 per job role for three months. (d) Query Resolution: All queries/clarifications sought should be addressed [email protected]

PMKVY 3.0 Special Projects Scheme” is a scheme to be implemented from Jan – Mar 2021 for skill development. The objective of Special Projects is to undertake project based skilling interventions, primarily to meet the skilling needs of marginalized & vulnerable groups and those of difficult/remote geographies, hard to reach areas which may not meet all the parameters as laid down in the Guidelines of STT of PMKVY 3.0.

In line with Scheme guidelines, proposals are being invited under Special Projects across Four themes viz.

3.1. Inclusion,
3.1.1. Marginalized or vulnerable groups (to mean hereafter such as) Scheduled Castes and Tribes, Transgender, Persons with Disabilities, Women, Economically backward people, any other category which identifies as marginalized/vulnerable and is recognized by Government of India and State Governments and
3.1.2. Difficult/remote geographies, hard to reach areas (such as LWE, aspirational districts, J&K, Ladakh, North East states, Island territories) which may not meet all the parameters as laid down in the Guidelines of Short Term Training (STT) of PMKVY 3.0 due to special circumstances.

3.2. Innovation/ Academic Institutes
3.2.1. Projects with innovative skill training strategies

3.2.2. Best In class Academic and Technical Institutes: Through Special Projects, higher level skills proposals (across NSQF level 5 and above) are proposed to be taken up under Best-in-Class Academic Institutes, Universities and Technical specialized institutions and Industries. The aim is to enable delivery of quality training through these institutions and provide more stability and efficiency to the skill ecosystem. In case proposals are recommended by an SSC, the SSC will identify the qualification, institutions/ industry to implement the project and propose the same to NSDC.

3.3. International Placements:
3.3.1. Organizations providing trainings with confirmed International Placement tie-up.

3.4. Industry Led Captive Placement:
3.4.1. Corporate, Industry bodies and associations on behalf of/by aggregating demand from industry clusters sponsored organization with assurance of providing 90% captive placement/placement.

3.5. By its very intent, the projects falling under the Special Projects of PMKVY 3.0 are required to be dynamic in approach and need to go beyond the routine short-term skilling to enhance the all- round competency and adeptness to the marginalized sections of the country. For the kind of projects permissible under Special Projects kindly refer to Chapter 4, clause 2 less section 2.2 of Guidelines of PMKVY 3.0 (20-21) ( )

4.1. Process for Special Projects

The major steps involved in the selection of Training Providers (TP)/Special Project Implementing Agency (SPIA) in the project mode as per this Proposal Application Process are summarized below:

4.1.1. The onboarding of centers on SIP (Accreditation & Affiliation) portal, earlier referred as SMART process, is not a necessary criterion before applying in this PAP but necessary before commencement of training.
4.1.2. Each applicant organization will have to register on an online Proposal Application portal accessible at and
4.1.3. After the date of receiving applications is over, all applications will be evaluated as per the evaluation parameters (defined later in this document).
4.1.4. Post-approval by MSDE, the successful applicant organizations will be intimated.
4.1.5. Post the allocation of targets, the applicant organizations can start training in proposed centers only after successful accreditation and affiliation of each training center under SIP(A&A) in accordance with the center accreditation or affiliation guidelines. Only 4 and 5 star centers will be approved for training (3 star in exceptional circumstances of location and other consideration).
4.1.6. The performance of the applicant organizations allocated targets would be monitored for quality aspect of training, placement, and other factors as per PMKVY 3.0 STT and Special Projects guidelines.
4.1.7. PMKVY 3.0 STT and Special Projects Guidelines (chapter 2 and 4 of Guidelines of PMKVY 3.0 (20-21) to be referred for more clarification in case of any ambiguity.
4.1.8. Submission of proposal through PAP does not guarantee allocation of target under PMKVY 3.0 Special Projects Scheme. This PAP does not encourage creation of any new training infrastructure specifically for imparting training under the scheme. Any applicant organization that is not qualifying the eligibility criteria will be disqualified at any stage during evaluation or due diligence. NSDC shall in no case be responsible or liable for the conduct or outcome of the proposal process.

The following will be given preference:
1. Mandatory pre-requisites/ eligibility criteria for Applicant organization(s) applying for targets under different themes are:
-Having minimum experience of 3 years
-Should have been at least three years in incorporation at the time of proposal submission.
-At least one year of experience in the proposed sector(s).
-Average annual turnover from last three years to not to be less than 25% of total project cost.
-Should have had a positive net worth consecutively from last two financial years.
-70% Placement/Performance for trainings conducted under PMKVY 2.0 or other Government Funded Skilling schemes (annexure 1).
-Should possess a letter of recommendation from concerned department with details of targets and job role(s) proposed, in case applying on behalf of a government institution (annexure 2).
-Registration with NITI Aayog NGO Darpan portal (applicable for NGOs)

-The Applicant should not have been blacklisted by any Government Agency/Public Sector Undertaking/autonomous bodies in last 3 years

Submission of proposals

The proposal should be submitted online by visiting proposal management system at that would be accessible to all applicants as per the dates provided below:

Proposal Processing Fee

1. A non-refundable one-time registration fee of INR 15,000 (Fifteen Thousand Rupees only) will be charged per TP/Organization.
2. A non-refundable one-time fee of INR 2,500 (Two Thousand Five Hundred only) will be charged as proposal fee.
3. Fees may be submitted through any one of the multiple modes of online payment available on the project application portal. Service/payment gateway charges are exclusive of this fee.
4. In case the applicant found to be ineligible as per eligibility criteria defined in the PAP, the amount paid shall not be refunded.
5. Proposal processing fee is waived off where Government Undertakings/Entities are direct applicants and propose to be implementing agency.

For detailed guidelines and eligibility criteria click the below link: