Govt plans skill development scheme for rural youth

Government is considering an ambitious skill development programme to create job opportunities for those rural youths who belong to minority community and are below poverty line.

Last Updated: Sep 07, 2010, 22:41 PM IST

New Delhi: Government is considering an
ambitious skill development programme to create job
opportunities for those rural youths who belong to minority
community and are below poverty line.

The Rural Development Ministry is planning to launch the
programme in collaboration with the Minority Affairs Ministry
during next financial year.

"The Ministry of Rural Development is planning to
initiate an ambitious project to enhance the skills and
subsequently generate placement opportunities for unskilled
BPL youth among the minorities, in collaboration with the
Ministry of Minority Affairs," Rural Development Ministry said
in a statement today.

A pilot project with the focus on minority-concentrated
districts is likely to be undertaken next financial year, it
said.

The move followed a discussion between the Minister of
Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, C P Joshi, and Minister
of Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid in this regard here today.

While the Ministry of Minority Affairs evinced keen
interest in the proposal, Joshi said that the programme will
give impetus to provide gainful employment to the
underprivileged.

Welcoming the initiative, Khurshid assured to extend all
support to make the project a success, an official said.

Under the proposal, it has been envisaged to use the
curriculum and methodology of the National Open Schools using
multi-media techniques to provide the candidates 10 months
educational training to make them eligible to undergo training
on job-oriented skills.

"The school dropouts and those who have not attained
formal education would be asked to undertake the curriculum of
standard 8th and/or 10th as prescribed by National Open School
for a period of ten months," the Ministry said.

"It will be followed by skill development training
program for two months which may lead to an eventual placement
opportunities for them," it added.

The idea behind the proposed project is to reach out to
the BPL population amongst the minorities in the rural areas
specially those who have not received any formal education and
are not able to avail the benefits of training programmes of
the Ministry of Rural Development.

PTI