Ten lakh young students will get rained in engineering skills through the AICTE approved engineering colleges and polytechnics in the country, over the course of three years from now. Under the new initiative ‘Pradhan Mantri Kaushalya Vikas Yojna (PMKVY), the HRD ministry has taken this pledge to encourage institutions for making the best out of available infrastructure to provide higher education to the students and provide skill training during the ‘off hours’.
School dropouts, who want to pursue higher order skills and are living at the vicinity of the colleges, will now get opportunity to learn and get certifiable skills under the National Occupational Standards. The cost of trainers, recurring cost of the maintenance of the faculty, cost of placement and post placement cost will be borne upon by the HRD Ministry. For monitoring student enrolment records, trainer’s profile, monthly attendance record of the students, number of dropouts and its reasons, assessment reports for monthly test and re-enrolment of students, the ministry is working on a web based management information online system (MIS).
According to the blueprint of the plan, initially 500 colleges will train 25 students from each college in the year 2015-16. The number of colleges in the next year will get expanded to 1000 offering the courses to 100 students from each college. In 2017-18, 2000 colleges will train 100 students each and in the next academic year the number of colleges would reach to 5000. In the course of these three years the number of total students undergoing the skill development programme will surpass 10 lakh.