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Centre Launches Pilot Project to Skill Tribal Youth from Bhopal

The programme shall cover 50 tribal districts, training and empowering tribal youth, creating employment opportunities and revitalising local economy, said Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Tribal Youth

The Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship launched the Pilot Project for Skilling Tribal Youth – Rural Tribal Technical Training at the Centre for Research and Industrial Staff Performance CRISP, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, on May 13.

The project plans to train about 250 beneficiaries in 17 clusters of 17 districts selected from six states of India – Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Odisha – to be organised at Vikas Bharti, Gumla, Jharkhand.

The centre will train beneficiaries in five disciplines – electrical and solar energy, agricultural mechanisation, e-governance, plumbing and masonry, and two-wheeler repair and maintenance. This training will help the youth to start their own business.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Electronics and IT, underlined the importance of skilling in the post-Covid-19 world.

“The pandemic has led to disruptions in traditional supply chains of electronics and digital products. The world is now looking for a trusted partner. As the world now looks towards India, we need to skill our youth to emerge as Global Skills Hub,” added the minister.

He said, through the programme Grameen Udhyami Project, the government is giving priority to skilling as an important aspect to provide more opportunities to rural youth and strengthen local village economies.

The Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship has already built an extensive network of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSSs), Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKKs), Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) and apprenticeships, and is transforming lives of youth through more than 4,500 skilling programmes it is offering, Rajeev Chandrasekhar said.

Extensive training with multiple skills will be extended to 50,000 to one lakh students in 50 tribal districts in the coming years, he added.

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