Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Topping Up Skill India: An App To Help Skilled Youth Find Jobs

Is it sufficient to just train the youth? What about jobs? How and where will the skilled youth find jobs? Skilling India is not enough, employing India is equally important.

The Economic Times reported yesterday that Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna has completed 10 lakh enrollments under Skill India mission. Seventy percent of those enrolled, have already completed their training under 382 job roles. There are currently 8749 active centres across the country through which the central government is implementing the scheme with the help of NSDC, local training partners, state governments, local MPs and MLAs.

Why do we need Skill India program?

India is going through a demographic transition. By 2020, 64 percent of its population will be in the age group of 15-34. Every year, 12 million youth enter the job market. On top of that, there is a huge gap between the number of people who are looking for employment and the number of people who are employable. To reap the demographic dividend, a programme like Skill India would help.

So, what’s missing?

Though the NDA government set an ambitious aim to train 400 million people by 2022, the scheme so far has been able to enroll only 1 million. However, this is bound to change once the government expands its programme, becomes more efficient, involves more private partners, and as more people become aware of it. The government is working on these.

Skilling India is not enough. Employing India is equally important.

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