SRINAGAR: Technical Education Department, J&K under J&K Skill Development Mission (JKSDM) is imparting skill training to 10566 youth in 22 sectors including construction, logistics, tourism, electronics, beauty and wellness, green energy, media and entertainment, IT, plumbing, apparel, retail etc, in various training institutes across the State.
Nearly 5000 candidates have completed training out of which 1014 candidates have found placement so far, said Mission Director JKSDM during an interaction with skill development stakeholders in Srinagar on Friday.
Divulging details, Mission Director said to implement the PMKVY (Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana) scheme, the J&K government was initially given a financial target of rupees 72.83 crore from 2017-2020. However, the grants to the Mission were released in 2018-19 financial year, leading to a delay in the launch of the scheme in the state by a year later.
The Mission shortlisted 82 training providers and 62 training centres were cleared by NSDC and the initial targets of 5265 were allocated to 61 training centres. After receiving the funds in July 2018, the Mission undertook the training from September 2018.
It may be recalled that recently the Government of India (GoI) revised the financial targets to all the states. The project cost to the State has now been restricted to rupees 59. 896 crore against initial 72.83 crore and till date rupees 22.94 crore have been received by the Mission.
Based on the revised financial target and after keeping provision of post placement support, conveyance charges to female and persons with disabilities candidates, tool kit and book allowance and special area benefit for J&K, as per the guidelines of the schemes,
JKSDM has revised the physical targets to the extent of 23240 out of which 16170 training targets have already been allocated to the training centres. The remaining target shall be allocated to the training centres accordingly as per the availability of the infrastructure in the desired job roles. Training targets would be accomplished during the current financial year.
The stakeholders were informed that since its inception, the Mission has undertaken various youth-centric skill development programmes. The Mission organised skill competitions to provide platform for the youth of the State to exhibit their skills and Talaash Conclave wherein more than 400 local, national skill development stakeholders were engaged to provide inputs and suggestions in strengthening the skill landscape of J&K.
JKSDM also recently organised an International Industry Collaboration Summit which was held from October 18 to 20 at Srinagar. The three-day programme was attended by local and international industry experts, government officers, young entrepreneurs, local industrialists, PMKVY skill training providers, administrative secretaries and other skill and entrepreneurship development stakeholders.
Focus-group and brainstorming sessions were held to understand challenges and opportunities in skill and entrepreneurship development, employment generation, and to strengthen overall skill ecosystem in J&K. “We all must join hands to develop full a proof mechanism for developing entrepreneurship landscape in Jammu and Kashmir,” Mission Director said.
Mission Director further informed that emphasis is being laid on to achieve the targets within the stipulated time. “Secretary Technical Education is closely monitoring the program and is taking periodic review of the scheme,” he said.
The Mission will soon start implementing another centrally-sponsored skill development scheme – SANKALP – under which trainings would be provided to vulnerable groups of the society besides strengthening existing skill ecosystem in the State and funds in this regard will be released by the state government very soon.
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