Skill Development in Rajasthan
1. Rajasthan was one of the first states in the country to set up a Skill Mission, Rajasthan Mission on Livelihoods (RMoL) in 2004.
2. RMoL was reconstituted in February 2014 under the chairmanship of Smt. Vasundhara Raje with inclusion of various independent advisers and professionals along with Chief Secretary and Secretaries of 11 relevant departments. RMoL is now functioning as an apex policy body for skill development in the State of Rajasthan.
3. Rajasthan Skill & Livelihoods Development Corporation (RSLDC) is a 100% government owned not-for-profit corporation registered under Companies Act, working as the main executing body of various short-term skill training programmes in the State of Rajasthan.
4. RSLDC is executing following schemes/programmes for development of skill and entrepreneurship in the State of Rajasthan:
(i) Employment Linked Skill Training Programme (ELSTP)- Under this programme, RSLDC provides short term skill training programmes (generally 2 to 3 months) to unemployed youth of the state in various high growth economic sectors like retail, construction, automotive, ICT, etc.
(ii) Regular Skill Training Programme (RSTP)- This programme provides short-term skill training and hand holding for self-employment, productivity enhancement and enterprise development. There are 4 sub-schemes targeted at youth, women, persons with special ability (PSA) and jail inmates respectively. Trainings are provided in sectors of agriculture, animal husbandry, beauty and wellness, garments and apparel, etc.
(iii) Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY)- DDU-GKY is a centrally sponsored scheme of MoRD, GOI being executed in the state by RSLDC. Rajasthan was the first state in the country to launch this scheme in June 2014 and the first centre under the scheme was inaugurated by Hon’ble C.M., Rajasthan on 16th August 2014 at Udaipur. The scheme provides short-term skill development programmes linked with employment opportunities to rural poor youth of the state in various high-growth economic sectors. 120 active Skill Development Centers (SDC) are functional under this scheme.
(iv) Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS)- Under this scheme, various wage employment oriented training programmes are being conducted in ITIs and industries. The main areas of training are electrical, electronics, welding, fabrication, medical and nursing.
(v) Special Projects – RSLDC is running various special projects in association with CII, ATDC, NIFT, BSE-BIL, IIGJ, etc. for quality trainings in various domains.
5. To promote innovation and new ideas, special scheme of Flexi-MoU is being run by RSLDC, in which industry specific courses are approved and run in industrial premises.
6. RSLDC is executing a pilot project of finishing school for 50 Final Year Graduate Students of Commerce College, Jaipur in association with BSE Institute for Banking, Financial Services, Insurance (BFSI) sector.
7. Under Special Industry Window, RSLDC has started training programmes in various industries like Mayur Uniquoters, Sangam Textiles, Sutlej Textiles, New Zeel Rainwear etc.
8. ITI Udaipur is being developed as a Centre of Excellence in hospitality sector in association with ITEES, Singapore. Full funding for this exercise has come from Singapore.
9. Rajasthan Government has forged creative and effective partnerships with various industries like Cairn India Limited, Toyota Motors, Samsung, Caterpillar, Safexpress, ISRO on GPS and RS, Chambal on Animation, L &T on construction, NTTF, OLA, TATA, BOSCH, TCS, Reymond etc. to set up advanced labs in Government ITIs and run industries specific skill training programmes.
10. Rajasthan has successfully evolved and executed an effective convergence model. Many schemes of the Central Government and State Government have been converged in RSLDC to generate synergy and efficiency.
11. RSLDC is running sector specific skilling programmes in partnership with industries/employers. For example, Courses of Paramedics in medical and nursing sector are being run in various hospitals of the State including Narayana Hridalaya and Dhanwantri Hospital of Jaipur and Jindal hospital of Bharatpur.
12. A number of programmes are being run for promotion of art and craft like pottery, wood work and other handicrafts.
13. Under aegis of RMoL, the Goernment of Rajasthan has provided skill training to 193000 youth since 13th Dec 2013, and 190000 youth are under training in various training institutions including ITIs and short term Skill Development Centres (SDCs) today. We have established 250 new short term SDCs covering all 33 districts of Rajasthan. All these SDCs have been established and are run by our Private Training Partners. We plan to set up another 250 such SDCs in this FY itself. 53,000 trainees have already been placed in different industries.
14. RSLDC launched an award of Skill-Icon for youth getting highest placement after completing short-term skill development programme. First award was given by Chief Minister Rajasthan to Miss Alka Sharma from Kishanagarh by who is earning around Rs.23,000/- per month at Birla Sunlife Insurance after a 3 month banking skill training programme.
15. RSLDC has a district office in every district of the state, which is actively involved in community mobilization for mobilization of interested youth. Interested youth can also register on RSLDC website www.rajasthanlivelihoods.org
16. The Government has decided a mandate of skilling 1.5 lakh youth every year from FY 2015-16 onwards for RSLDC, only from short term skill training programmes.
17. As communication skills are very important for employability, RSLDC has included soft skill training as an essential component in all training programmes along with necessary domain skills.
18. Both residential and non-residential training centres are being run in the state. Facilities of boarding, lodging and food are provided free of cost to under training youth at residential centres.
19. As a part of various training programmes, On Job Training (OJT) is also provided for practical experience before first job.
20. RSLDC and National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) are developing LMIS (Labour Marketing Information System), which will become online soon to provide an easy and efficient meeting point platform for employers and skill job seekers of Rajasthan. Rajasthan is the first state to integrate with national level LMIS.
21. Rajasthan Government is upgrading Employment Exchanges to work as Modern Career Centres to provide counseling, soft skill training and placement services to youth. 4 Employment Exchanges of Jaipur, Bikaner, Bharatpur and Kota are being taken up in first phase in FY 2015-16.
22. For better focus on skill development and entrepreneurship, Government of Rajasthan has created a new Department of Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship (SEE). With creation of this new department, there will be effective integration of ITIs, Employment Exchanges, RSLDC and Apprenticeship. The target group and objectives of these 4 verticals are same and a lot of synergy can be generated by effectively integrating strengths of these 4 verticals.
23. Rajasthan is also looking at a National Skills University in State once the Central Bill in this regard is through. Institute of Leadership Development, an entity of IFCI has come forward to become the partner with its fully developed campus in Jaipur.
24. The efforts of State Government in execution of skill development programmes were recognized in Summit-cum-Awards on Skill India 2014-15, organised by ASSOCHAM India and sponsored by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, GOI, in which RSLDC was awarded Gold Trophy in the award category of Best State in Skill Development.
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