Counselling must for skill course students to increase job opportunities – Times of India

By | August 23, 2021


The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship implemented its flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) in 2015, through National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to address the issue of unemployment in the country. Under PMKVY 3.0 (2020-2022), which was launched on January 15 this year, a target to train 8 lakh individuals has been set and 1.2 lakh candidates have been trained so far.

Under the PMKVY scheme, various initiatives are being taken to ensure better placement outcomes for the trained/ certified candidates. Despite the efforts, placements have not been up to the mark. According to the data shared in Parliament recently, only 2.32 million were placed between 2015 and 10 July 2021 while 6.59 million people were trained during this period.

Raj Nehru, vice-chancellor, Shri Vishwakarma Skill University (SVSU) emphasises the importance of counselling students before admitting them to a particular skill development course. “The underperformance of PMKVY in terms of placement can be attributed to wrong course selection by a candidate. Partner training institutions must not just aim to fulfil the enrolment target. They must give preference to students’ inclination towards a course being offered to them,” says Nehru. The course curriculum needs to be designed as per the industry requirements to ensure a better pay package and placement of students taking up-skill courses, he adds.

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Sandeep Kumar KA, single point of contact (SPOC), Rooman Technologies, PMKVY, Nelmanagala, Bengaluru Rural, says that students must be counselled about the skills courses before being enrolled. Besides counselling, parents must be briefed about the course.

Several students get enrolled in the course without informing their parents and later refuse to opt for an employment opportunity if it is far from their place, he adds. “This scenario adversely impacts the placement statistics. As PMKVY aims to address unemployment, which must not be confused with an upskilling course,” says Kumar, who notices an adverse impact on placement in a post-pandemic world.

“Our courses equip students with skills that are not appropriate for work from home. The current situation has led to a placement crisis,” he adds. Several students are skeptical of taking jobs as they do not want to travel in public transport.

Proximity to industrial hub

Vinod Kumar, associate professor, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Kaushal Kendra, SBS Government Postgraduate College, Rudrapur, Uttarakhand says that proximity to industrial hub has a greater role to play in better job opportunities. “We are in an advantageous situation as State Infrastructure & Industrial Development Corporation Uttarakhand Ltd (SIIDCUL), which is home to various big and small industrial units is closer to our institutions. Almost all students enrolled in various courses offered by the Kendra have job opportunities within SIIDCUL,” says Vinod. Having industries closer to institutions expedite placements and collaboration between industry and academia, he adds.





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