India: Under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, the government of Jammu and Kashmir is focusing on digital technologies and industry while decentralising and making skill development more demand-driven (PMKVY).
PMKVY, which is being executed by National Skill Development Corporation, is the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship’s (MSDE) flagship programme. This skill certification program’s goal is to make it possible for many young people in India to enrol in training that is relevant to their industry and would improve their chances of finding employment.
The candidates that receive training in PMKVY Training Centers (TCs) must be at least 14 years old, semi-skilled/unskilled, or unemployed. The National Skills Qualification Framework is followed in the certification and delivery of the training programmes (NSQF). In addition to teaching hard skills, TCs also teach soft skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and digital literacy.
According to an official, candidates who successfully complete their training courses receive placement support from Training Partners (TPs), and the length of training varies depending on the skill classes, ranging between 150 and 600 hours.
Significantly, the Skill Hub Initiative programme was started in J&K at 40 schools that were recognised and designated as ‘skill hubs’ throughout the Union Territory, while the programme was initially introduced in nine government schools as a test project.
The Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY) 3.0’s “Skill Hub Initiative” was implemented by the National Skill Development Corporation and launched nationwide (NSDC).
The programme, which was developed by the Union’s ministries of education, skill development, and entrepreneurship, intends to offer NSDC-certified skill courses to dropouts, youth, and out-of-school children.
According to an official, it also intends to prepare individuals for internships and self-employment.
Sameer Ahmed Najar, a PMKVY beneficiary from Bandipora, J&K, claims a PMKK centre in Bandipora assisted him in becoming a hairstylist.
“This training has altered my personality since I gained more about interpersonal as well as grooming skills during the sessions. My perspective on life shifted tremendously. Teachers were excellent at teaching, and I learned many hairstyle techniques from them, which helped to increase the profitability of my business,” he stated.
He went on to say that training helped him earn Rs 15,000 each month. “With this training programme, the lives of my family have improved, and we are now financially independent. I am looking forward to a safe future,” he stated, thanking the Government of India for introducing this initiative that enabled him to achieve independence.