Skill hub initiative launched in J&K; 40 schools to participate in first phase

The ‘Skill Hub Initiative’ programme was formally launched in Jammu and Kashmir under the Samagra Shiksha project on Saturday, an official said. Project Director of Samagra Shiksha, Deep Raj Kanethia said 40 schools have been identified and designated as ‘skill hubs’ in the Union Territory but initially the programme is being launched in nine government schools as a pilot project.

The ‘Skill Hub Initiative’ is part of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY) 3.0 and was launched across the country on January 1. It will be executed through the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

The scheme, envisioned by the Union ministries of education, and skill development and entrepreneurship, aims to provide NSDC certified skill courses for out of school children, youth and dropouts.

It also aims at preparing them for placements as well as self-entrepreneurship. The scheme shall also be supported by the State Skill Development Missions. Kanethia said the nine schools selected under the pilot project would be imparting training in NSDC recognised courses and eventually, the programme will be extended to cover other schools.

The government schools that have been designated as ‘skill hubs’ are located in different districts including Reasi, Budgam, Anantnag, Poonch, Srinagar, Kishtwar, Pulwama, and Jammu, he said.

Vocational trainers deployed in these schools with their efforts did extensive counselling of candidates before enrolment for certified courses, Kanethia said. The training has been launched in all the schools simultaneously, he said.

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