Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills

MANAS was established by NMDFC (working under the aegis of Ministry of Minority Affairs) on 11/11/2014 “ 125th Birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first Education Minister of India. It is a special vertical of NMDFC, working as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), for meeting all skill up-gradation/development needs of Minority Communities. MANAS provides an all India level training framework based upon tie-ups with Local/National/International training organisations on PPP model, for imparting training to the Minority population in skill sets that are in line with emerging market demands. The training programme is aimed at providing meaningful and sustainable livelihood options in terms of self-employment/wage employment opportunities to all its trainees, with primary focus on self-employment.

MANAS, as a Special Vertical of NMDFC, has been designed on the basis of 2 decades of experience and core competencies of NMDFC, to service the need for concessional credit of the Minority communities of the country. NMDFC has a formidable network comprising of State Channelising Agencies (SCAs) and other partnering institutions which collectively provide a geographical coverage to 98.5% of the total minority population spread all over the country. It has experience in accessing the marginalised sections of the minority communities with the help of community/religious leaders and involvement of local community. Utilisation of this experience and expertise, makes MANAS a specialised institution, with core competency to access and network with six accessing of 6 notified minority communities, all over the country including the remotest corners of the country.

Since the primary focus of Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills (MANAS) is on Entrepreneurship and Skills Development Programmes (E&SDPs), list of potential beneficiaries for enrolment under E&SDP is accordingly further classified into the following categories, which are in the descending order of the priority :-

  1. Those who are already self-employed (organizing/managing/operating) in some trade or enterprise and are willing to upskill/upgrade their own existing skills, for better productivity and management of their enterprise.
  2. Those who want to switch over from their existing trades/skills to a new ones due to market imperatives.
  3. Those who are willing to set up their own enterprises after taking required E&SDP from MANAS, preferably in the age group of 30+ having exhausted other avenues for livelihood like employment in Government/organized sector.
  4. Those who have already received EDPs training from various organizations like RUDSETTIS/RSETIs, NIESBUD, DIC of Industries Deptt. of various States etc. and are willing to undertake relevant skills training, and soft loans from NMDFC, to set up their own businesses/enterprises.
  5. Those who are school dropout but after availing the training, are willing for self-employment failing which wage-employment.
  6. Others, with greater emphasis on women centric skills, for self-employment.

Salient Feature of MANAS

  • Setup as SPV for expanding access to skill development programme for marginalized sections of minority communities – All India collaborative framework (based on PPP mode).
  • Focus on entire spectrum of skill sets in demand by the market meet credit requirement for self employment – wide range of Skill based Courses, of different durations/ levels.
  • Provide a sustainable and scalable model, with great flexibility Training Programmes can be tailor made for implementation in any part of the country, for any skill sets, for any level of training with multiple choices in terms of funding etc.
  • Meet diverse skill training/up-gradation needs of minority communities in terms of Identification, Preservation & Promotion of their traditional arts/crafts, vocations under schemes like Hamari Dharohar, USTAAD etc.
  • Convergence of Financial & Development activities of the Corporation & Linkages with leading local / national & international organizations for all its activities from training to placements in job/ self employment projects for trainees, for providing high quality skill training.
  • Provides highly transparent, credible and almost leak proof Skill Development Framework, by extensive use of ICT Biometric based attendance system of trainees and trainers, Live CCTV coverage of on ongoing training, highly interactive website providing comprehensive information, to all stake holders.
Direct outcomes of Monitoring & Evaluation Framework of MANAS
  1. It provides highly transparent, credible, scalable, economical, speedy and almost leak proof Monitoring Framework, by extensive use of Real Time CCTV Cameras on ongoing training as they are conducted in real time.
  2. National GIS (Geo-Spatial Information System) mapping of all Live & operational skill development centers in available on Google Map, in public domain.
  3. Use of GPS Enabled Biometric to capture the attendance of trainees and trainers on daily basis and get it uploaded on MANAS portal in real time. It will, in future, get cross-checked with AADHAR DATA BANK to rule out impersonation.
  4. Cloud based data center for data collection, processing and transmission of data related to admissions, supervision, monitoring, examination, certification, placement tracking etc. to ensure credibility and transparency. This database is being linked to the database of all stakeholders, in Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Labor & Employment, Ministry of Rural Development etc. apart from being transferred to the funding agencies.
  5. Using transaction based online solutions – MANAS has developed transaction based online solutions where training progress can be monitored by capturing real time progression of training. PIAs are required to upload the session plan and batch wise time table before start of the training to ensure the real time monitoring and allow for course correction, of training while it is still going on.

Promoting inclusive development process, by
skilling of Minority communities, for providing sustainable
livelihoods leading to “Sabka Saath – Sabka Vikas

MANAS mission is to provide unified access to the Minority communities for Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Training Programmes (E&SDPs) for the skill sets, which are/will be in demand by the market leading to self/wage-employment, with emphasis on entrepreneurship, to promote “Skill India- Mission/ Make in India.

Mobilize and Identify potential beneficiaries

  • State Channelising Agencies (SCAs) and other agencies of NMDFC will continue to identify & mobilize potential beneficiaries for entrepreneurship and skills training through MANAS & then provide concessional credit to them,
  • Based on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode, MANAS, through its all India collaborative framework of NSDC partners, other empanelled agencies, Trade and Industry Bodies and their affiliates, will also identify and mobilize potential beneficiaries from the Minority Communities, in need of integrated package of Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) / Skill Development / Skill Up gradation & concessional credit for self employment. This will be done on the basis of local market survey, assessments and Skill Gap Analysis, to achieve at a correct mix of selection of trades/skills and beneficiaries, at local level.
  • All these operations will be supervised and monitored by Programme Management Unit (PMU), having technology based platform for NMDFC, which will integrate all ˜4 tiers i.e. (i) NMDFC at Apex Level, (ii) SCAs at State Level (iii) NGOs (if working) at regional level & (iv) individual beneficiaries who can apply online for skills training and then for obtaining concessional credit also.
  • The strategy for Skill Development, in different regions & different trades for different minorities, for promotion of self employment can be fine tuned on the basis of proposed Skill Gap analysis, to be conducted by MANAS in collaboration with NSDC. It will do the extensive mapping of the required skill sets, identified on the basis of existing and emerging market demands, across different regions with concentration of minority population and assess different types of skill sets which are existing and needed by the Minority Communities, all over the country. In this process, rare and traditional skills of Minority communities can also be identified for their preservation and promotion, under Hamari Dharohar/USTAAD Scheme of Ministry of Minority Affairs (MOMA).
  • Beneficiaries identified through both the channels will be provided required entrepreneurial and skills training by MANAS by using its All India Collaborative Framework, based primarily on the Skill Development Architecture of Ministry of Skills & Entrepreneurship, Government of India. It primarily uses NSDC, its partners, its own empanelled partners, Trade & Industry Bodies & their affiliates, other leading Govt./Semi-Govt. Agencies and reputed organizations in the field of Skill Development.


A budget provision of Rs. Six Crore has been made by NMDFC for current financial year for operationalizing MANAS by developing the infrastructure & training facilities. Since MANAS would be a specialized vehicle for implementation of all skill development programmes for the Minority Communities, it is expected to implement the skill development programme & receive funds from the following Ministries/organizations:

  1. Ministry of Minority Affairs Seekho aur Kamao Scheme, USTTAD, Hamari Dharohar, Nai Taleem and other skill development programmes under the Ministry.
  2. Ministry of Home Affairs Project Udaan for J&K, Skill Development Schemes in Left Wing Extremist areas etc.
  3. Ministry of HRD Project Hunar, Madarsa modernization scheme etc.
  4. Department of Skills under the Ministry of Skill, Entrepreneurship, Sports & Youth Affairs)
  5. From Training programme of Ministry of Health, Rural Development, Labour etc.
  6. From Various State Government Departments working in the field of skill development in general and welfare of Minority communities in particular.
  7. From CSR funds of the corporate sector.