Top 10 Skill Development Program Training and Workshops in India

Skill Development CoursesMany institutions across the nation are engaged in highly specialized academic and industry training programs to promote skills among its students and youth, with a greater emphasis on the improvement of employment opportunities and research activities. The Central Government initiative to launch a multi-tiered campaign to promote skill development training programs across the various states has led to the conception and operation of the National Skill Development Mission in 2015. This important body approves and governs over such constructive initiatives targeting especially the student body and professionals in expanding their understanding and opening new career opportunities for them. Apart from such unique platforms, the top pioneer institutions and universities across the nation, which include the AIIMs, IIMs, IITs, NITs, IIITs, IISC, IIST etc., also host a massive number of workshops, each year, either by the department or in partnership with the core companies. A brief glimpse into the current themes and underlying programs will give the future explorers a better idea about the scope and stretch of such platforms,


Find below the list of Top 10 Skill Development Courses offered by different Institute in India.

Advanced Instrument Training for Academia and Industry Specialization

1.CSIR-CDRI workshops

As a part of the Skill India initiative to improve employment and innovation in the field of research and development, Central Drug Research Institute (CSIR-CDRI) has initiated accredited training and certification programs on the application of chemical analysis and biological evaluation tools. This platform offers practical lessons and hands-on training experience in:

The operation of advanced chemical characterization tools like NMR, HPLC LC-MS, and UV/IR.

  • Microbial evaluation methodologies for screening novel anti-microbial agents.
  • Certificate program on the application of computational tools for drug design and development and electron microscopy.
  • Managing and testing of laboratory animals


This is especially beneficial for the life science community, those involved in drug discovery and research. CDRI Lucknow hosts the program every year, with the application deadlines usually one month before the scheduled event. The link below will explain in detail the various deadlines and individual expenditure for each course as well as the contents covered.


2.INUP sponsored hands-on training

Indian Nanoelectronics Users Program (INUP) is an initiative started by the Centres of Excellence in Nanoelectronics (CEN), based at IISC Bangaluru and IIT Bombay, solely dedicated to developing innovations in the field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The main motive behind the Genesis is to increase the accessibility of state-of-art infrastructure to the young researchers and students of the nation, within and other institutions. This collaborative work by both the parent institutions covers workshops in Nanoelectronics not only in the home location but also the distant parts of the nation, thereby making it accessible to the researcher there. The workshops promote hands-on training and assist young researchers in commencing research activities at the CENs. It also promotes collaborative programs among different institutions of the nation, thereby sharing ideas and innovations to develop and update skills. It also sports a unique platform to submit project proposals and explore one’s research envisaged. They conduct annually specialized workshops for handling advanced instruments, software and other technology, which benefits students of particular interests and aspirations. Some of the previous topics covered include MEMS/NEMS fabrication methodologies, Nanoelectronic fabrication, Photovoltaics, BioSensors/PDMS Channel etc.

The link below will open the portal for INUP, IISC Bangaluru:


Engineering and Science Domain Specialization

1.ISRO Sponsored Training and Workshops

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) conducts different levels of skill development programs for Undergraduate (UG) and Post Graduate (PG) students in the form of workshops, training, and internships, mainly in the field of design and development. A hub of institutions take part in offering such training in association with ISRO, like ISRO Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) Trivandrum, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) Dehradun, National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL), ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Semiconductor Lab (SCL), Chandigarh etc. to name a few. The main themes covered under each segment are as shown below:

  1. Electronics Engineering: Remote sensing and GIS, Digital systems, Astronomy,and Planetary & Space Atmospheric Sciences.
  2. Mechanical Engineering: Mathematical modeling, Electro-optics, Astrophysics, and Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics.
  3. Civil Engineering: Image processing, Microwave technology, Solar Physics, and Theoretical Physics.
  4. Electrical Engineering: RF systems, Radars, Earth, and Chemistry.
  5. Natural Resources and Disaster Management: Remote Sensing, Geo-informatics, and GPS Technology.


2.Training and Research at IGMPI

The Institute of Good Manufacturing Practises India (IGMPI), is another national level platform, which aims to promote research activities and innovations among life science graduates and postgraduates in interdisciplinary branches of science. The organization has been approved by the Quality Council of India (QCI) and Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD). The program offers project training and research nurturing platforms in two formats:

  1. 3-6 months duration.
  2. One year projects.  

The institution aims at strengthening the fundamentals and core knowledge among the students to carry out successful research ventures. Expert guidance and supervision are also provided to individual students to develop national core competence with the necessary skills to operate state-of-arts facilities, updated with the contemporary rationale of work. Exposure to industry environment is also an added catch to this unique platform, which can pave way for constructive arguments between the mentors and students, thereby guiding them in choosing their career field of interest. Knowledgeable students in the field of life science are more preferred for the program. The main domains in the training are Good Manufacturing Practises (GMP), Qualification and Validation, Good Laboratory Practises (GLP), Quality Assurance and Quality control, Regulatory Affairs, Intellectual Property Rights, Food Technology, Dairy Products etc.

More information regarding admissions and documentation are given in the link below: workshops is a global initiative started by the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, with support from Newton Bhabha fund to spread the teaching and research on Artificial Intelligence (AI). As a part of the initiative, the university hub from the UK, including University College London, Brunel University, and Bennet University, has joined in mutual collaboration with India and promotes a large number of successful projects and workshops annually. Apart from the nation, many pioneer industries of AI fame such as NVIDIA, UCL, Computer Society, EXL etc. are involved in the successful initiation and completion of different projects in association with universities and individual research groups. Students interested in exploring the field of AI will find this opportunity career-defining, for active discussions follow suit between the student body and the industrial giants, where ideas and innovations can be shared at the global level. The many workshops associated with the institution are conducted in different parts of India, with the nearest to be held at Udaipur from 8th – 10th March 2019. The collaborator institutions and industries also conduct hands-on training programs on the state-of-art tools to develop AI, a few of such tools include Image Classification with DIGITS, Object Detection with DIGITS, and the application of Azure Notebook.


4.IIM Ahmedabad collaborative research workshop

Each year, IIM Ahmedabad conducts research workshop series, thrice, across different states to spread opportunities and platforms to research students and supervisorsof the many academia in the nation. The past year saw the meet up held in Mumbai, Tumkur, Dehradun, and Varanasi. The institution initiates tie-up with the participating academic, while the event usually lasts for 2-3 days, held over the weekend. New themes are cultivated each year giving plenty of opportunities for the research community to experience different components and specializations in their field. The workshop held at Dehradun in 2018, covered tips to generate and implement research ideas in the best suitable manner. It was an interactive event where the students could actively approach the different faculty members of IIM Ahmedabad and, where real-time troubleshooting was made possible. Particulars regarding the communication of active work to peer-review centers were also described in the 2-day event which followed.


5.AIIMS New Delhi workshop series

The population of medical students has different specialization interests and aspirations, and the AIIMS institutions across the nation do the subliminal work of providing the right platform to cultivate it through the various workshops it implements annually. These training programs are sponsored by many reputed partner medical institutions across the nation, like the Indian Society for Sleep Research, which offers career enhancement training for sleep experts and technicians. This particular program requires the candidate to be knowledgeable in the field of sleep physiology, and medicine. The course covers practical sessions as well to apply the knowledge and create awareness among the participants. The workshops are multifaceted and are well organized with numerous bodies participating in the active give and take process. In 2015, the National Medical College Network awareness workshop titled Telemedicon was held, which saw participation from different segments of the medical field, from the Nodal Officers of health division and students from other government medical colleges. Therefore it is advised to always stay updated regarding openings and deadlines to get the most out of the professional community.


6.NAFARI training programs

For those pursuing agriculture as a career option, the National Agriculture and Food Analysis and Research Institute (NAFARI) offer a wide range of training programs in specialized areas such as handling automatons, R&D, entrepreneurship etc. It has trained more than 1300 participants from its initiation since 2009 and provides consultancy and support services to different subunits in food, vegetable and fruit processing. Both short-term and long-term training benefits are provided to the candidates, with the availability of newer projects each year. The portal for new workshops for 2019 is open and a plethora of topics are available to get the necessary training covered.  Some of the topics covered include:

  1. Kaizen and 5-S management
  2. Sensory evaluation of food
  3. Chemical, instrumental and microbial analysis of food and water
  4. Food analysis


Online Platforms offering Workshops and Training

1.Skyfi Labs:

Along with direct face-to-face confrontation, there are many online resources which provide a user-friendly platform to develop interest and skills in interdisciplinary streams apart from regular academics. Skyfi Labs offers a robust platform to learn and take up projects in multiple areas of Engineering and Science. The main domains include Robotics, Internet of Things, Mechatronics, High School and Higher Secondary level, Electrical, Electronics, Civil, Mechanical, Computer science, Automation, open source hardware and software platforms (Arduino), and Wireless Technology. This company has tie-ups with the top universities of the nation, includes IIT Kanpur, and as well as the industries, and the training centers are distributed to over 27 places across the nation. Mentorship offers a direct one-to-one communication approach, wherein doubts are cleared systematically without pause.


2.Disaster Management Training Programs


Ministry of Home Affairs led National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) is offering online training programs in association with the World Bank, Washington, USA, in tackling areas of concern in the management of natural disasters. The NIDM is a novel initiative from the nation and provides an excellent career overview and options to students interested in disaster risk management and mitigation. The training is conducted and evaluated by experienced mentors and promotes a work culture to share ideas and research outlines. The training offers basic and specialized courses dictating various aspects of disaster management:

  1. Climate change and disaster risk
  2. Earthquake risk reduction
  3. Risk identification and analysis
  4. Gender specification in recovery and mitigation