Engineering Colleges Faculty to provide skill training during off-college hours

It has been decided that the faculty of the Engineering colleges will provide skill training to unemployed youth, including school dropouts. This is in accordance with the upcoming plan by the government of India which is to impart skills to almost 10 lakh people so that they become employable in next three years. The government is trying to focus on youth, dropouts, and also those people who are unemployed mainly due to lack of skills. This scheme will be beginning from the academic year 2016-17 and it will take around 2,500 colleges into consideration. Each of the colleges will be given 100 students whom they will have to train.

The name of the scheme is ‘PMKVY by Technical Institutions’. This scheme is a part of a very big platform scheme Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana. The best part of this scheme is that students of all the ages can join as there is no bar on the age group. All the candidates will be trained and will also be given proper guidance so that they become employable in the next three years. After noticing that the scheme is gaining success, more and number of colleges will be added to the scheme. The government is planning to add as many as 3,000 colleges with the scheme in the next academic year and another 5,000 colleges in 2018-19. The main aim is to train at least 10,12,500 youth so that they could acquire the required skills which will help them in getting employment, officials said.

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It comes with a huge responsibility of the institutions as they will have to use all their resources so that the students who have enrolled for the scheme benefit from the same. The skill training sessions will be conducted during the off-college hours. At the end of the session, the students will be provided with a certificate under the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF). The institutes will be getting the required fund for the scheme.

All the colleges who are a part of the AICTE will be taken into consideration under this scheme. But, at the same time, the institutions will also have to follow the guidelines which have been set up by the AICTE. All the basic facilities will be utilized under this scheme. Also, the willing students can join this scheme at any time of the year. The certificate will only be given if one completes 250 hours training sessions.

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