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Women are enroling for these unconventional courses

Posted on Monday, July 30, 2018

There is a particular interest of female candidates in pursuing mechanical and automation related skill development courses, reports Shivangi Mishra

Stereotypes have been nurtured in the employment sector for long. Jobs involving more physical stress and laborious mechanical work have been marked as a male bastion, while jobs such as teaching have been women-dominated for year. However, the scenario is changing and conventional jobs that were male bastion are finding more women takers.

The latest observation reveals that more women are taking up skill development courses that were till now done only by men. Women are increasingly taking up courses such as CNC Mechanics, Automation Specialist, Warehouse Packer, Mine Welder, Tool and Die-Maker, Vermicomposting Producer among others under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship’s flagship scheme - Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY).

There is a particular interest of female candidates in pursuing mechanical and automation related skill development courses. In the last two years, as many as 892 females were trained as automation specialists while 457 were trained as computer numerically controlled (CNC) operator.

These are the sectors which had no women candidate, but a few women have enrolled in these courses, and their number is increasing each year. This shift comes as employers in automation and mechanical industry have become open to hire women.

For Sonakshi Das, a BTech in Electronics from a private college in Ghaziabad, and a 3-month skill development course as an automation specialist helped in switching jobs within two years. The course helped her find a job which had better placement opportunity.

“With artificial intelligence ad machine learning, automation is a growing field with good future prospects for any individual with a degree in Electronics,” she says.

“Limited number of women in such courses can be attributed to low female enrolment in engineering degrees for electronics and mechanical. Even in the certification course, a batch of 12 has only two female students,” said Sonakshi.

These short-term courses are bridging the industry-academia gap, as more than half of the engineering colleges that mushroomed in the last decade could not match pace with the changing landscape and failed to even have an updated curriculum, said another beneficiary, Madhu Sharma, a fresh BTech from Bhatinda, opted for 3-month training automation to improve her employability and gain hands on practical training which helped her get a better paying job than what was offered to her during college placement.

 A three-month long certification costs students around Rs 25, 000, after which they get placed in small scale and mid-level companies. Some with exceptional skill sets also get hired by MNC. According to trainers, the growth of these professionals, who are mostly from colleges in tier 2 and tier 3 cities, is exponential.

From 2016-2018, a total of 90993 females have been trained, assessed and certified for the various short-term training programmes under PMKVY across the country. The highest participation was from Uttar Pradesh with 128350 females followed by Madhya Pradesh at 87413 and Haryana at 82355.

BOX: Females in male dominated courses (2017-18)







Auto and Auto components

CNC Operator


Electronics and IT hardware

Automation specialist


Transportation, warehousing

Warehouse packer


Capital goods

Tool and Die maker



Automative service technician




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