At a stellar gathering of nearly 1500 people in Bareilly, Santosh Gangwar (Minister of State for Finance in Govt. of India) officially launched “IFFCO YUVA”. Through this platform, youth can self-assess and improve their skills for better career opportunities. This platform is a single-window to empower rural youth to understand various skills related sectors and prepare for related career opportunities offered by companies.
Dr U S Awasthi, MD and CEO of IFFCO says, “It has proved to be an innovative platform launched by IFFCO and Youth4work and helped youth in Rural India by providing them with a better understanding of industry required skills and knowledge as well as flourished them to promote themselves on a digital platform. In line with our Prime Minister Mr Modi’s vision of Digital India and Skill India, IFFCO YUVA had boosted the employability in rural youth.”
Rachit Jain, CEO of Youth4work says, “We know the talent is everywhere across India, but there’s no single window to showcase it. Through IFFCO YUVA, we have partnered with IFFCO for the mission to use technology, Web and Mobile both, to impact the rural youth positively by giving them a platform to prove their competencies and improve them to level up with global standards. All local and global companies have explored this large rural talent pool on this platform which extended their career opportunities.
”IFFCO YUVA have accomplished their goal to impact nearly 10 Million youth across Rural India and to build competitive skill equity.”
Nearly 70% of India’s population is Rural and most of it is involved in agriculture & allied services and other limited vocational skills services. The rural workforce has been migrating to urban areas due to limited access to information and technology that impact their skill enhancement and career opportunities.
No placements, no Rojgar…where we are lacking in skilling India?
· Irregularities in Skilling youth faces massive difficulties
Unemployment is a major hurdle in India’s growth path. The Indian government had decided to give a better platform for the Indian youth so that they can polish their professional skills. With the ‘Make in India’ programme, led by the Modi Government which aims to generate rojgar (employability) and hence to increase the GDP of the country.
According to a report, it has been conceded that out of 17.07 lakh students, a mere 82,183 bagged jobs since the launch of the scheme on July 15, 2015. However, economic growth has slowed down since the last past year. There are no placements available, no new jobs have been created and the skilling youth turned out to be perjury. According to a survey by Hindustan Times and NSDC– it has surfaced out that most of the institutions/training partners were found guilty of the inconsistencies in the quality of training providing by them and possible fraudulent enrollment. Moreover, the NSDC hasn’t been able to verify the mandatory Aadhaar number of more than 570,000 students under PMKVY scheme.
There are some platforms like Youth4work, which are not directly involved with this mission but is playing a major role in killing people and providing rojgar (employability). Rachit Jain, CEO of Youth4work says, “the challenge is big — skilling Indian youth and making them more efficient as per the industry requirements which are diverse and to focus on specific skills without the assurance of placements is even tougher.”
Skill training is a bigger problem than uneducated, untrained people looking for jobs. “There are about 20,000 NSDC users with the availability of 80,000 jobs on our platform, says, Rachit. The training is not aligned to the demand, which means a lot of people are there in certain job roles but there is no demand for these trained people. They have managed to help the potential youth and gave them a platform to prove their competencies and improve them to level up with global standards. All local and global companies can explore this large talent pool and extend their career opportunities.