LSSSDC Introduction

LSSSDC is an industry led not for profit organization that awards Vocational Education & Skill Certification for Life Sciences Sector. It is approved awarding body of NCVET under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and is an authorized advisory and monitoring body under MSDE for engaging Industry for Apprenticeship under Apprenticeship Act. It will serve to address skill shortfalls in the Life Sciences Sector in India includes Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Contract Research complete involved in Manufacturing and Research of biotechnology driven products & services (like vaccine, Agri-Biotech, Medical Devices & Bio-fuels). Its aim, over a 6 years period, is to map all qualifications (job roles) in the sector, enlist Prospective Vocational Training Organizations, Train & certify competent Trainers and certify approx. 16.5 million skilled workforces in the sector. Currently LSSSDC has developed National; Occupational Standards for 70 unique qualifications (job roles) covering 89% of employment of the sector.


The Vision of the Council is to create a robust and vibrant eco-system for development of a skilled workforce matching globally recognized standards for Life Sciences Sector in India, benefiting all stakeholders. This, whilst ensuring a sustained supply of skilled workforce, across functional areas and levels, will provide meaningful livelihood opportunities to a multitude of people in Pharmaceuticals, Bio Technology and Clinical Research space in India.


The Life Sciences Skill Sector Council, established by and for the sector, will serves to address skill gaps in Life Sciences space by helping to generate a sustained stream of high quality skilled individuals, approx. 3.4 mn in number—over 10 years, matching globally recognized skill standards. This will ensure growth and competitiveness of Sector, whilst giving these individuals access to gainful employment in this space

Value Proposition:

The Life Sciences Sector in India faces significant skill gaps , in both qualitative and quantitative terms. LSSSDC seeks to address this by focusing on sector-specific competencies/skills, quality assurance through accreditation of skills acquired by trainees, curriculum development for skills training, qualification framework and setting of standards and benchmarks, aiding in recruitment and placement of trained and skilled workforce, and becoming a repository of information. It will do so by adopting a demand (industry) led, quality focused, scalable and sustainable model— which has full support and involvement of all stakeholders, and in particular the industry

Our Objectives:

  • Carry out a Functional and Occupational Mapping and develop a Catalogue of Industry Occupations / Qualifications (Job Roles) in Life Sciences sector
  • Develop & Set National Occupational Standards for Qualifications (Job Roles) in the sector
  • Develop & put in place an Assessment & Certification mechanism for Trainees and Trainers
  • Accreditation & Affiliation of Academia / Industry / Training Partners / Training Centres
  • Set-up Centres of Excellence
  • Put in Place an Effective Labour Market Intelligence System
  • Support Industries in Apprenticeship Scheme

Flagship Programs under LSSSDC:

  • Fresh Skilling Program (Stand alone & University Embedded)
  • Existing Workforce Skill Certification Program (RPL)
  • Existing Workforce Up-Skilling Program
  • Train the Trainer & Assessor Program
  • E Skilling Program
  • Academy of Excellence
  • CSR / Self Funded Skill Development Program
  • National Apprenticeship Promotional Scheme (NAPS)