After winning the ASSOCHAM Gold Trophy for Best State in Skill Development for the second time in a row, Rajasthan has accelerated the efforts to provide 15 lakh employment opportunities to the youth of the State through skilling.
Rajasthan was recently awarded the prestigious Gold Trophy for the Best State in Skill Development for the second year in a row, at the ‘Skilling India Summit Cum Awards’ organized by ASSOCHAM, supported by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India at New Delhi.
On directions given by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, the state had adopted the model of convergence of Skill, Employment & Entrepreneurship which lies at the heart of all of Rajasthan’s skill development initiatives. Chief Minister Raje chairs the Rajasthan Mission on Livelihood, the apex body for skill development programs in the state. Because the utmost focus was on employment, over 65% of the youth who were trained through the skilling initiatives have found either employment or livelihood opportunities. The department has also been able to create a robust MIS (Management Information System), access of which has also been provided to the Training partners. Today, in Rajasthan, over 2 lakh trainees are registered on the system. Raje’s efforts have been truly instrumental in reviving Rajasthan’s skill development scheme. Making the colossal focus on the sector evident, Raje increased the State’s budget by over Rs. 1000 crore. Rajasthan, for skilling only, has put in a budget of 400 crores which no other government in the country has done. Raje is herself leading the skill development program from the front, and has been able to create a very successful program in Rajasthan, which is showing the way to other states.
The center of the efforts of Rajasthan state government has been to ensure that both short-term skill training and long-term vocational training have strong industry linkages. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had set a target of skilling 15 lakh youth in 5 years in her ‘Suraaj Sankalp Patra’ which is the election manifesto of BJP Government in Rajasthan. Working towards the mission, the Department of Skills Development & Entrepreneurship and the State Mission on Livelihood are collectively enabling the creation of a skilled workforce that meets the present and future requirements of employers across industries through a wide array of initiatives. Many key budgetary outlays were made towards this respect, such as allotment of 58 crores for establishment of Centers of Excellence in 29 ITIs (Industrial Training Institutes) in the next three years and 354 crores for training 86,000 youth under Livelihood in Full Employment (LIFE) Scheme.
Rajasthan’s approach of Public-Private partnership for skilling seems like an ideal one. Many private and public sector organizations like Toyota, Cairn, Samsung, Pidilite, Bosch, Caterpillar, JCB, BSE, ISRO have partnered with the state to impart vocational training to young men and women in Rajasthan. Inspiring results have started to show. Alka Sharma comes from a middle class from Kishangarh. After completing her education as a Bachelor of Commerce, absence of employment lead her to doing a cource of Office assistant with the RSLDC Skill development centre for 68 days. After completing her course ‘Office assistant plus’ she got placed with Birla Sun Life insurance as a Manager and now earns Rs. 25,000 per month as a Manager. Over 250 Training Centres are providing skill development courses across 30 economic sectors for skilling youths of Rajasthan. The hostel facilities are free of cost, and so are the courses. Rajesh Kumar Nagar from Jhalawar gives all the credit of his success to the skill development programme started by CM Vasundhara Raje that helped him change his life. After 69 days of his training from the Khanpur skill development centre, he got employed by Noble fertilizers on a payroll of Rs. 25000 with incentives as a sales coordinator. Vishnu Pandit from village Gotan at Nagore is now working in Phalodi as a promoter in Vodafone with a salary of Rs. 24000 with incentives. Vishnu had found no employment even after completing his B.Com and M. Com. degrees. Jasu Devi from Borawar village can be the poster girl for the Skill Development Initiative of Rajasthan Government. First to go out of her village to get educated, Jasu’s journey of getting trained and subsequently getting placed at JCB is both inspiring and praiseworthy. An expert in welding & robot operations, she is now known as ‘Lady Robot’ at JCB.
Looking at the confident and beaming faces of these young men and women of Rajasthan, one can positively say that Rajasthan is on the right path to skilling its youth and giving them the future they deserve – the best way to achieve Mission #SkillIndia.