Green Skill development programme


 the government has launched GSPD-ENVIS mobile app to begin enrolments in 30 expert course under its Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP).

Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP):

  • GSDP is a recent initiative under the ENVIS scheme for skilling the youth in the country.
  • It is an initiative for skill development in the environment and forest region by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to develop India’s youth into employable and/or self-employment, making use of the widespread network and experience of ENVIS Hubs/RPs.
  • The programme endeavours 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).


  • The pilot project of GSDP was launched in June, 2017, for skilling Biodiversity Conservationists (Basic Course) and Para-taxonomists (Advance Course) of 3 months duration each at 10 locations, spread over 9 bio-geographic regions of the country.
  • 94 trainees successfully completed the basic course qualifying as skilled Biodiversity Conservationists and 152 Trainees completed the Advanced Course qualifying as skilled Para-taxonomists.
  • 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.
  • Based on the feedback received from the stakeholders, the GSDP is being scaled up to an all-India level.
  • The Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) has been conceptualised and developed in MoEF&CC in consultation with the National Skill Development Agency.


The number of people to be covered under GSDP will be 80,000 during 2018-19, 2.25 lakh during 2019-20 and about 5 lakh people by the year 2021.

More than 30 programmes have been identified, which will be conducted in 84 institutions across the country.

What are Green Skills?

  • Green skills are those skills required to adapt processes, services and products to climate change and the environmental rules and necessities related to it.
  • They embrace the information, abilities, values and attitudes required to live in, develop and support a sustainable and resource-efficient society.
  • India is the second most populous country in the world is bestowed with a large working population.


  • 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).
  • ENVIS is a decentralized network of 66 centres of which 31 Centres dealing with ‘”State of the Environment and Related Issues” are hosted by State Government /UT Administrations called ENVIS Hubs and remaining 35 Centres are hosted by environment-related governmental and non-governmental organisations.
  • The skilling programmes cover diverse fields such as pollution monitoring (air/water/soil), Sewage Treatment Plant, Effluent Treatment Plants and Common Effluent Treating Plants (STP/ETP/CETP) operation, waste management, forest management, water budgeting, auditing, conservation of river dolphins, wildlife management, para taxonomy, including Peoples’ Biodiversity Register (PBRs), mangroves conservation, bamboo management and livelihood generation.
  • The duration of the courses ranges from 80 hours to 560 hours approx.
  • In the first stage, a pool of Master Trainers/Specialists is being created, who can further train the youth across the country.
  • All courses will be National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) compliant.

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