Recently Rural Development Department (RDD) to empanel IIT, IIM, NIFT, Universities as PIAs for placement-linked youth skilling initiative
Secretary, Rural Development Department and Panchayati Raj, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary took a comprehensive review of the placement-linked skill training program Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) in Jammu and Kashmir, need for capacity building of rural youth and expansion of scheme.
It was decided to approach and assist the premier government education institutions of repute for engagement as PIAs for a credible skilling and placement endeavour of the Jammu and Kashmir Government.
Emphasizing the need for greater rationality in the selection and training process for youth, Dr Shahid Iqbal directed officers to explore the possibility of incorporating government educational and technical institutions as Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs) in this program.
Secretary highlighted the importance of selecting deserving candidates for training and ensuring effective supervision of the training process. He stressed the need to clarify the program’s initial stages, training procedures, and prospects for participants.
Referring to the success of schemes Mumkin and Tejaswini of Mission Youth J&K, Dr Shahid suggested understanding such programs to derive benefits from their experiences, and replication of best practices. He said that skill development is only beneficial when paired with sustainable employment for the youth.