Green Skill Development Programme (GSPD)

Why in News?

In its bid to create over five lakh job opportunities by 2021 through green skills, the government has launched a mobile application to begin enrolments in 30 expert course under its Green Skill Development Programme (GSPD).




31 per cent of children are dropouts from school after the secondary stage itself, the GSDP  aims to develop skill sets with employability linkage.



Realizing the need for developing the green skills, the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) is utilising the vast network and expertise of Environmental Information System (ENVIS) hubs and Resource Partners (RPs).


The Ministry has taken this initiative for skill development in the environment and forest sector to enable India’s youth to get gainful employment and/or self-employment.


The programmeendeavours to develop green skilled workers having technical knowledge and commitment to sustainable development


It will help in the attainment of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), National Biodiversity Targets (NBTs), as well as Waste Management Rules (2016).


ENVIS RPs in Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) and their respective regional offices were the nodal Centres for the pilot programme.


All courses will be National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) compliant. The Ministry will give Certificates indicating the skilling levels to all successful candidates.


NOTE4STUDENTS-GSDP-ENVIS mobile application was also launched to provide more information and applying to courses under GSDP programme.



Realising the importance of Environmental Information, the Government of India, in 1982, established an Environmental Information System (ENVIS) as a plan programme . The focus of ENVIS since inception has been on providing environmental information to decision makers, policy planners, scientists and engineers, research workers, etc. all over the country.



ENVIS due to its comprehensive network has been designed as the National Focal Point (NFP) for INFOTERRA, a global environmental information network of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In order to strengthen the information activities of the NFP, ENVIS was designated as the Regional Service Centre (RSC) of INFOTERRA of UNEP in 1985 for the South Asia Sub-Region countries.


Source-Times of India.