Being the apex body for skill development in the handicrafts and carpet sector, the prime task of HCSSC is the overall development the entire skill ecosystem for the sector. For that matter, HCSSC considers all the aspects of the skill development process. It includes research for the purpose of understanding the particulars for the process and then implementing them. HCSSC is technically responsible for structuring and managing the whole skill development process for handicrafts and carpet sector..


The skill development process includes the following:

a) Research :

Research is one of the most important parts of the skill development process. Better understanding of the various aspects of the skill development process is acquired with proper research. It helps to have a broader picture of the needs and requirements. HCSSC conducts researches in order understand the current scenario of the industries. Subsequently, it develops the various training materials for proper development of the trainees.

b) Setting Standards :

The process of training helps the trainees to acquire workable knowledge; however, the knowledge needs to meet certain standard in order to be acceptable in the industry. HCSSC, as per the guidelines of NSDC and with respect to industry standards, develops and sets standards for the various training programs. Any trainee would be certified only on meeting the qualification standards set by HCSSC. These standards are important owing to the quality people expects in finished products. It is very important with respect to the industry requirements as they have their own set of standards

c) Training :

Training is one of the prime functions of HCSSC. The training programs conducted by HCSSC are developed for three different sets of trainees – for fresh candidates enrolling in the various training programs under HCSSC, trainers who would train the trainees and assessors who would assess the trainees. HCSSC conducts trainings for candidates enrolled under various training programs associating with training partners affiliated as per the guidelines of NSDC. These training programs focus on providing proper guidance to the trainees to meet the standards set by HCSSC.


India is a highly populous country, and at the same time India is among the top 10 wealthiest countries in the world. The high population of India and the largely unequal distribution of wealth leave a major chunk of its population poor. The average section of the population of India faces joblessness and other similar problems. The major reason behind it is that the education system in India mostly concentrates on academic education and not on vocational education system.

With the population of India being large, there is a high level of competition. The academic education system also offers only a few choices, which are not completely job specific. In regards to the current situation of India, there is a need for an education system that is job specific. And it completely justifies the creation of the various SSCs, which focuses on the development of specific sectors and the job roles related to it.

With the creation of HCSSC, job role specific training programs in the Handicraft and Carpet sector has been created. And these programs will benefit the trainees to focus on specific learning as per their choice of jobs. Over a period of time this education system would eventually eliminate the unemployment problem, as the enrollments to these programs are allotted with respect to the Labor Market Information. Thus it is very important that proper measures are taken for the development of this education system just the same as the academic education system.

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