Kerala’s future-forward upskilling ecosystem

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Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) Kerala

Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) Kerala is an undertaking by the Higher Education Department of the Kerala Government that focuses on training students and the general population with skills that improve their employability.

The journey so far


ASAP Launched


SDC’s Established


NSDC and SSC Partnership


Community Skill Park Concept and Design


Awarded Best Practice in Skilling by NITI Aayog


Advanced Skill Development Centers launched


Community Skill Parks inaugurated and began operations


Reboot Kerala Hackathon and 12 NSQF Approvals


Awarded Best project for effective GAP Implementation by ADB


ASAP Kerala Government Company registered under Companies Act, 2013

Where we stand today

250000 +

Students Trained


Skill Development Executives


Partner Institutions


Skill Development Centres


Skill Courses


Community Skill Parks


Skill Sectors


NSQF Skill Qualifications

Why ASAP Kerala?

Futureproof Courses

Our extensive Research team helps identify upcoming industries to provide courses for today and tomorrow

Easy Access Training Centres

Our training centers are spread out across the districts to ensure statewide reach

Industry Experts as Trainers

Students learn not through regular faculty but forward-thinking experts in the field

Placement Assistance

Upon training and course completion, we try to ensure that each student is placed at reputed organizations

Internship Opportunities

In various sectors and courses, we offer internships that can be accessed through our online portal

Developing Career Skills

The critical skills that students learn through the courses help them create a better future for themselves

Board of Directors

Dr. Usha Titus
( Executive Director )
Chairperson & Managing Director, ASAP Kerala
Dr. V Venu IAS
( Executive Director )
ACS, Higher Education Department Government of Kerala
Dr. K.M. Abraham
( Executive Director )
Executive Vice Chairperson, K-DISC
Shri.Rajesh Kumar Singh IAS
( Director )
ACS, Finance Department Government of Kerala
Dr. K. Ellangovan IAS
( Director )
Principal Secretary, Industries Department Government of Kerala
Shri.APM Muhammed Hanish IAS
( Director )
Principal Secretary, General Education Department Government of Kerala
Smt. Mini Antony IAS
( Director )
Principal Secretary, Labor Department, Government of Kerala
Shri.Faizal Kotikollon
( Independent Director )
Co-founder, Faizal & Shabana Foundation
Shri.V. Abdul Razak
( Independent Director )
Director, VKC Group

ASAP Leadership

Meet the stellar team that inspires us to look towards a brighter future


Dr. Usha Titus

Chairperson & Managing Director

Dr. Usha Titus joined the Kerala cadre of the Indian Administrative Service in 1993 after completing her MBBS from CMC Vellore and MD in General Medicine. She served as the District Collector of Palakkad and Kozhikode districts where she was the first lady to hold charge, Secretary in charge of the Departments of Medical Education, Social Welfare, Non-Resident Keralite Affairs, Environment and Education.

She has also served as the Registrar of IIT Madras and as the Vice-Chancellor of Kerala Technological University. In 2010, she was deputed to the Government of India as the Joint Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance where she handled the Multilateral Relations Division and contributed to the G20 negotiations between 2010 and 2015 and the negotiations that led to the establishment of the BRICS New Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The Government of Kerala appointed her as the Chairperson and the Managing Director of the newly incorporated company, ASAP Kerala in February 2021.

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Anwar Hussain

Head of Finance

Shri. Anwar Hussain joined the Government service in 1990 in the Government Secretariat’s Finance Department. After becoming Under Secretary in 2015 he served as the Finance Officer in the Excise Department for one year. In 2017 he was appointed as the Finance Officer of the Kerala Government’s Karunya Benevolent Fund. Currently, he is serving as the Deputy Secretary of Finance Department and deputed as the Head of Finance Division, ASAP.

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Vigil Kumar V V

Head - IT Division, HR & Administration, Procurement & Legal and New Initiatives

With 15 years of experience in teaching, Shri. Vigil Kumar V V is the Associate Professor in Information Technology of Government Engineering College, Idukki. He completed his Bachelor of Technology from MS University and did his Masters in Computer Science and Engineering from Anna University. He is deputed as the Head of IT Division, ASAP from 2018.

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Vinod T V

Head - Business Development, Community Skill Parks, Placements & Internship

A self-made villager and professional from Kerala who understands the importance of Capacity Mr. Vinod T V has experience of 20 years in managerial roles. He was the Managing Director of Kerala Artisans Development Corporation Ltd (KADCO) from 2016 to 2018. Under his leadership, KADCO attained the status of Accredited Agency since its incorporation in 1981.

He handled major roles in various companies such as Nandana Overseas, Alleppey; Coir Tuft International Pvt. Ltd, Alleppey; Foam Mattings (India) Ltd, A Kerala Government PSU; Charankattu Coir Manufacturing Company (Pvt)Ltd. Mr. Vinod T V joined ASAP in 2018 as the Head of the Business Development Division.

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Dr Anej Somaraj

Division Head- NSQF & Curriculum Division, Certification & Assessment and Documentation

Dr. Anej Somaraj is the Assistant Professor in the Department of English Christian College Chengannur. He received his Ph.D. in English from English and Foreign Language University, Hyderabad. With an experience of 14 years in teaching Dr.Somaraj served as the Assistant Professor in The Faculty of Education in Misurata University, Libya from 2009 to 2011.

He was the Foreign Language Consultant English at King Saud University Riyadh Saudi Arabia between 2006 and 2009. He is the Subject Expert Consultant for HSTTP an initiative of SCERT Kerala and a Member of the Kerala State Panel of Translators in English and Hindi for Kerala Niyamasabha. Currently, he is deputed as the Head of the NSQF and Curriculum Division of ASAP Kerala.

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Padmakumar B

Chief Engineer

Shri Padmakumar B is the Executive Engineer, Kerala State Housing Board, under the Department Of Housing, Kerala State. He started his career as a Project Engineer in the S.P.C. Construction Company in Kerala in 1988. He served in the Konkan Railway Corporation, Gov. of India as a Technical Assistant (Geotechnical Engineer) from 1992 to 1993 and joined the Kerala State Housing Board in 1995 as a Civil Engineer.

He has 10 years of foreign work experience. He worked in a Mechanical and Erection Company in the Kingdom of  Bahrain and also served as Manager Consultant in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Agriculture, Kingdom of Bahrain. He has been deputed as the Chief Engineer at ASAP from February 2019.

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Francis T V

Division Head -Training

With 30 years of service in the Technical Education Department, he joined the service in 1989 and has served as Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, Project Officer at the State Institute of Technical Teachers' Training & Research. Assistant Director at Regional Directorate of Technical Education, Kothamangalam.

In 2007 he received “The Best Polytechnic Teacher” award. After his retirement from the service in 2019, he joined ASAP Kerala as the State Coordinator of Polytechnics. Currently, he is in charge of the Training Division of ASAP Kerala.

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A Note on the Post - COVID World

covid note

The global pandemic COVID 19 is reconfiguring all sectors including education. Significant changes would be visible in the State too as there is a sizable population aspiring for quality international education and who are ready to move outside the State to top Universities and institutions. Future choices of this cohort for higher studies would be unpredictable, but as experts point out, a significant section of Keralites would be looking for quality programmes and institutions within the State and within the Country. Higher Education Institutions in the State, as their counterparts in the rest of the world, have understood this reality and are taking conscious efforts to co-opt technology-enabled educational practices and offer their programmes on a blended learning mode. Equipping faculty, technology platforms, introducing blended learning programmes through learning management systems and curricular reforms are priority areas for higher education institutions of the State if they have to be relevant in the Post-Covid era.

The Future of Jobs Report published by the World Economic Forum in 2018 had already predicted drastic changes in the world of work, with most of the conventional jobs becoming redundant and new job roles becoming relevant. The report highlights the importance of equipping future learners with new skills to work in a technology-based world and Universities to evolve new programmes and practices to equip their graduates with future skills. COVID 19 pandemic has fastened the change and pushed the world to a new reality to which most institutional systems are not ready. Kerala has a slight edge in this regard as the Skill Development Centers under ASAP in the Engineering Colleges has already begun to equip the engineering students in courses of futuristic technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, Cloud technologies and Virtual Reality, industry-on-campus and training-cum production centers have already been initiated in Polytechnics in futuristic areas and good technology infrastructure has been established in Skill Development Centers under ASAP for blended modes of training. This combined with ASAP’s efforts to refashion skill development strategies of the State to meet the requirements of the new normal world will help to take vocational training to the next level in Kerala.

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