The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (“CDSCO”), has issued an advisory dated 24th August, 2019 advising all pharmaceutical Industry associations to request their members having the Pharmaceuticals and Bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing units to follow the Apprentices Act, 1961.
National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) is a new scheme of Government of India that was launched on 19th August 2016 in order to promote apprenticeship. The main objective of the scheme is to promote apprenticeship training and to increase the engagement of apprentices. Apprenticeship Training consists of Basic Training and On-the-Job Training or Practical Training at workplace in the industry. The candidates can be first trained on the requirements to gain awareness on the nature of the job role and then on the shop floor. This programme is bound to enhance the probability of employment as the candidate will acquire the skill set required for e job role during the apprenticeship period by gaining valuable practical experience. Under NAPS, industry can get various benefits including funds for basic training to candidates and monthly reimbursement of portion of stipend.
The CEO of Life Sciences Sector Skill Development Council (“LSSSDC”) who is designated as Joint Apprenticeship Advisor by the Government of India, requested to issue advisory for implementing the Apprentices Act, 1961 in the Life Science Sector for exposing the qualified manpower in India who are ready to be employed. In view of this, all pharmaceutical Industry associations to request their members having the Pharmaceuticals and Bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing units to follow the Apprentices Act, 1961.