The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) will set up development centres in 50 villages in Haryana, revealed a source in the NSDC. The villages chosen for the scheme were all adopted by outgoing President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.
These skill development centres will empower rural youth in the state, and would be seen as Mukherjee’s lasting contributions to the nation.
In July 2016, the president of India adopted five villages in Haryana — Alipur, Daula, Harchandpur and Tajnagar in Gurugram district and Rozkameo in Mewat district, and these were to be developed as “smart villages”.
With skill development being the main agenda of the ‘Smart Villages’ programme, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and NSDC launched six centres in these five villages in November 2016, to impart key skills which are in demand locally. These skills include tailoring, gardening, general duty assistance, hard embroiderer, data entry operator, sewing machine operator, unarmed guard, domestic data entry operator and solar panel installation technician.
As per an NSDC report, the organisation has enrolled 2,113 candidates in the five villages, of which 1,370 have completed their training successfully. The courses lasted between 30 to 60 days.
Vimal Thenua, who has been working as a solar panel installer for the last six months at Silkatech Private Limited in Gurugram, said that if he had not done the course at the Haryana centre, he would have still been looking for employment. “I got the job after doing a course in solar panel installation,” said Thenua, who now makes Rs 25,000 per month.