IMPACT OF COVID-19 IN CENTRALLY SPONSORED SCHEMES (CSS) FOR SKILLING YOUTH: RAJASTHAN PROSPECT
Keywords:Vocational Training, Skilling, Online training, Skill India, Employability
Background:- Skilling youth of a nation is an outset of the social as well as economic development of the nation. As India is a youngest nation of the world with average age of the workforce is 29 years and initiated Skill India, Digital India & Make in India programs to maximize the demographic dividend and match the demand & supply gap.
COVID-19 and the consequential boundaries have had a considerable impact on skilling or vocational training and employment, mostly centrally sponsored schemes for BPL, Rural Poor and marginal & dropout youths. Even Vocational Education is recognized as a priority area by our National Policy for creating sufficient number of quality jobs for all unemployed youth in the formal and informal sectors.
Aim - In this study, we are analyzing impact of COVID-19 in training and placement through the down-fall in the actual training imparted and placement provided by training providers under center sponsored schemes like DDU_GKY and PMKVY in Rajasthan
Methods – Secondary data composed from skill department for top 10 training partners in the state, imparted training under DDU-GKY and PMKVY schemes in the State in-between 2017 to 2021 (in last 5 years) and select 100 students through random sampling from both schemes. Primary data of trainees and training partner’s collected via online Google forms.
Results- Due to covid-19, physical presence of trainees was low in the Skill Development Centres, actual downfall and impact on employment captured.
Conclusions- The need of design & development of online workshops/labs, to continue such trainings for enhancing hands on skills and match the industry demands in case of any such situations.