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To strengthen the training ecosystem and make vocational training aspirational, the Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) programme of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has proposed the capacity building of 1000 non-teaching staff of Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSSs). The programme was launched on Friday.

NSDC is the implementation partner for this project. Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) is appointed as the professional training agency to conduct the Training Need Analysis and Capacity Building Workshops.

The three-day long workshop will be organised for capacity building of 1000 non-teaching staff of JSS. As majority of the JSS are in the remote/backward areas non-teaching staff of the center have very little or no opportunity for availing training to upskill themselves. Pandemic has further necessitated the requirement for training program. In this new world order, employees are wearing multiple hats at work. JSS too needs to foster this culture of knowledge sharing and cross functional skill set.

The training focuses on instilling work skills, improved communication with the stakeholders and communities, building awareness on financial assistance schemes of central and state governments to converge youth in skill development programmes, which will enhance industry linkages and provide hands-on experience to the students. The 3-day workshop will be conducted in residential mode across locations including IRMA Campus, Gujarat; Sinhgad Institute of Technology Lonavala; JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysore; IIT-IIM campuses in Kanpur, Lucknow, Patiala, Kurukshetra, Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bengaluru. The first workshop commences today and would be followed by a series of workshops at various hub locations across the country to cover 1000 participants from JSS.

Lauding the initiative, Dr Maneesh Mishra, Executive Vice President NSDC said, “The growth and development of rural economy and population are key to overall growth and development of the country. Therefore, workforce belonging mostly to the unorganized sector and migrating from rural to urban areas for better prospects, stand to derive significant benefits from a scheme like Jan Shikshan Sansthan. This workshop envisions better management at JSS Centres, enhance the communication skills of JSS staff and also provide information on various types of financial assistance available. It is imperative that the growth in New Bharat happens from the lens of an inclusive and equitable distribution of opportunities for all the citizens. We are confident that through this workshop under SANKALP project, we will be able to build capacities in the informal sector.”

Under the partnership, Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) has been appointed as the training agency to execute the training need analysis and capacity building workshops. JSS caters to vocational skills in non-formal mode to non-literate, school dropouts and persons with rudimentary level of education. It offers the courses in 11 sectors, including apparel made ups & home furnishing, automotive, beauty & wellness, Food Processing, Handicrafts, IT-ITeS, electronics and others. Till now, it has trained over 4 lakhs beneficiaries, out of which 85% are women.


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