A website, for J&K youth looking for opportunities for education and employment, is to be launched by the Union Home Minister, Sh. P.Chidambaram tomorrow. The project, Special Industry Initiatives for J&K (SII J&K) ‘Udaan’ is to provide skills and enhance employability to 8000 youth from J&K per annum over a 5 year period in key high growth sectors. Government will work along with the corporate sector to bring about a positive change in their skills and employment space in J&K through collaborative approach. Udaan is targeted at providing well-paid jobs to the trained manpower. The Scheme is being implemented by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the corporate sector in PPP mode. NSDC is a one of its kind Public Private Partnership in India. It aims to promote skill development by giving a push to creation of quality vocational institutions.

The Scheme will cover graduates, post graduates and professional degree holders. Udaan intends to provide exposure to the youth of J&K to Corporate world and also provide access to the corporate India to the rich talent pool available in the state. It will create productive employment for the youth of J&K. It targets the youth who are educated but do not have marketable skills. This talent pool in the absence of job opportunities becomes highly alienated and their potential in turning around the state economy is wasted. By providing them jobs, the scheme proposes to channelize their energies into creative pursuits.

Identified companies will screen and select students from the State. After assessing the skill gap of the trainees, a training module will be finalized, the duration and nature of training being decided by the companies. Trainees will be relocated to the facility where intensive job oriented training will be provided by the corporate.

An Expert Group was constituted by PMO under the chairpersonship of Dr. C. Rangarajan, to formulate a Job plan for the State of Jammu & Kashmir. It had suggested a two pronged approach to employment generation (a) identify sectoral initiatives for growth and employment generation and (b) increase employability of youth by improving skill sets. To improve the skills of the youth and create employment, the Expert Group suggested a number of initiatives. The scheme, “Special Industry Initiative in Jammu & Kashmir” (SII J&K) is one such important initiative.

It was approved by Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 7th July, 2012. Several leading business groups have shown keen interest in participating in the Udaan skills training programme for graduates and post graduates of J&K.


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