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Jayant Krishna Resigns From NSDC, Confirms to BW Businessworld

After reports emerging about his disassociation with the organisation, Mr Krishna says he finally thought of confirming the news to dispel any misapprehensions.

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Jayant Krishna, a veteran corporate leader from the Tata Group, who had joined NSDC in 2015, and served both as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer has resigned from the institution. Mr Krishna confirmed the news to BW Businessworld. 


After reports emerging about his disassociation with the organisation, Mr Krishna says he finally thought of confirming the news to dispel any misapprehensions. 


Thought by many as a government agency, NSDC is actually a public private partnership (PPP) model which was later brought under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of the Government of India. NSDC plays a pivotal role in implementing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Skill India Mission. 


As to what comes next for Mr Krishna, he says that he would like to take up a sabbatical, undertake some consulting work and perhaps write a book. When we asked whether the book will be on his 8 year stint in India's skill development sector, including 3 years in NSDC’s leadership role and his exit, he denied. He also did not rule out the possibility of returning to the Tata Group.



Krishna whose movement from a well-paying corporate sector job to the skill development sector was a calling rather than a career move feels quite satisfied at propelling a sea change in the governance of Sector Skill Councils, transitioning NSDC from a 50 to 250 people strong organisation, bringing apprenticeship to NSDC's fold, strengthening the IT backbone, ensuring India's best-ever performance in WorldSkills 2017, bringing corporate funding to skills through CSR, creating a strong skills advocacy framework, initiating a focus on affirmative action, setting up NSDC's presence in key states, recasting funding guidelines for equity, loans and grants, conceptualising the district-level model skilling centres and taking NSDC's industry connect to the next level of maturity. 


As he leaves after a successful stint in a role directly associated with nation-building, he said that he felt happy and content with his passion for industry-led skill development sector becoming even stronger.


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