Tuesday, April 5, 2011

India's 1st Youth Employability Skill Project Inaugurated in Manipur

The scheme has been launched keeping in view the Prime Minister’s vision to create 500 million certified and skilled persons by the year, 2022 throughout the Country. 

Shri Ajay Maken, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports, inaugurated Youth Employability Skill (YES) Project at Imphal, Manipur, yesterday by enrolling 100 youths for skill development. Under the Project, skill relating training would be given to the youths in the North-Eastern Region to boost their chances of finding jobs or starting their own enterprises. About 8000 youths would be covered under this scheme in the North East. 

The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), which has been co-promoted by the Ministry of Finance to catalyze private sector involvement in skill development, would partner the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (M/oYAS) for the YES venture. The YES initiative would see training in employable skills being provided to unemployed youth in 59 districts of 8 North Eastern states. 

Market mapping and skill gap analysis is being undertaken in North East before launching of the Project in other districts. The training duration is approximately for two to four months, depending upon the nature of the Vocational Training. The training will be through a class room, use of remote learning technologies (VSAT, IP based web conferencing etc). 

The Project focuses on Youth who plan to seek jobs locally and also those who wish to migrate. The opportunities of self employment are also addressed in the Training Modules. Linkages with financial institutions and industry partners are the hall mark of this unique initiative for providing sustained livelihoods to the youths of the region. 

During the day, while inaugurating the Board of Governors (BOG) meeting of the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Shri Ajay Maken announced setting up of 10,000 Mentor Youth Club throughout the Country. It was mentioned that earlier approximately 3 lakhs Youth Clubs were set up, out of which only 1.25 lakh Youth Clubs are surviving. The details of these clubs, their social profile mapping has been completed which will be put on the website. Out of these Clubs, the Mentor Youth Clubs will be picked up. Local Member of Parliament will be a part of the selection Committee. These Mentor Clubs will be provided with tremendous back up and Master Trainers. They will be involved in the process of selecting other clubs and training the youths. Marketed as human resource pool, they can take up activities of other govt. departments/schemes and liaison with corporate sector, wherever required.

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***Thanks Honorable Prime Minister! The youth in Manipur, if they are benefited from this scheme will definitely keep away from getting involved in insurgency activities. I hope that the central govt. monitors the scheme closely so as the benefit goes easily to the real deserving ones.*** - DRK

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