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AICTE to train 2 lakh school dropouts

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2018

The council directs engineering institutes to teach as many as 449 skill courses to train youth in state-specific jobs, reports Chandandeep Kour

As part of MHRD’s Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana for Technical Institutes(PMKVY-TI), the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will stress more on imparting special technical skills to moderately educated students or school dropouts.

AICTE has directed its Engineering colleges to train as many as 2 lakh students in 449 skill-based courses, this year. This is done in a bid to fully utilise the college management and infrastructure of various Engineering colleges.

“More than 50% of Engineering institutes remain vacant and the government wants to fully utilise the faculty and infrastructure. In addition to regular Engineering students, this programme aims to equip the non-engineering students with technical skills to make them employable,” says Ruchika Kem, assistant director of Skill Development Cell, AICTE.

The PMKVY-TI was launched in 2016, but was not a huge success initially. “In 2016, we were able to train only 28000 students, however, in the year 2017-2018, more than 80000 students have undergone the training,” says Kem. Under this Scheme in next three years, 10.5 lakh youth are to be given technical skills and find placement in suitable private sector jobs. The courses, which are offered free-of-cost, provide employable and certifiable skills based on National Occupational Standards (NOS). AICTE provides the grants to the institutes in four instalments for implementing the programme.

The courses that are being taught under this programme are skill-based, technical and based on its relevance to the local requirement. These courses have been approved by National Skill Development Council (NSDC) for 35 sectors, including Agriculture, Aviation, Telecom, Retail and Rubber to name a few.

“In 2017, we covered 31 sectors and offered 395 courses,” adds Kem.

This year, as many as 1800 applications have been received from various institutes. “The institutes have been advised to apply for the courses that are relevant to the area so that placement is not a problem. For example, Maharashtra has high demand of people skilled in construction work, so courses under construction sector have been given approval. In Gujarat, courses related to the textile industry will be given approval,” informs the assistant director.

The duration of the courses varies from 200 hours to 600 hours and the eligibility criterion depends on the course. “A candidate who wants to apply for a Pharmacy Assistant course should have cleared class XII with the science stream whereas a candidate applying for cast and diamonds-set jewellery hand sketch designer course should have cleared class X,” informs Kem.

The courses will commence in August 2018 and students can visit www.aicte-india.org/sites/default/files/PMKVY_QP_2018-19_EGOV.pdf for more information.

Sanjeev Saini, Coordinator of the skill development cell, DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology, says, “Last year, we successfully trained 25 students in a mechanical course, of which 17 were placed. This year, we are awaiting approval for more than three courses in electrical sector.”

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