Govt relaunches professional training programme for students

  • HT Correspondent
  • Updated: Feb 04, 2016 17:03 IST
Mobile schools, classrooms held in a container, are teaching graduates to bridge their skills gap in rural and impoverished areas. (File photo/Agencies)

Delhi government on Wednesday re-launched apprenticeship training scheme after ten years under which students can register as candidates. Based on their qualification, companies offer apprenticeship to students.

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said that out of the 2.5 lakh students, who pass the class 12 exams every year in Delhi, nearly 1.25 lakh of them do not get admission in colleges and the scheme will benefit such students.

“The gover nment would want even those, who are taking admission in colleges, to enrol for apprenticeship, since it will increase their employment avenues,” he said.

Sisodia also asked the stakeholders to do further research on what exactly are the requirements of the youth of Delhi, instead of imposing the national model on them.

“I would like to introduce vocational training in all 1,000 schools of Delhi government schools so that it can be mainstreamed,” he said.

The scheme launched for classes 8, 10, 12 and graduates was stopped in 2005. “There are four levels based on which students will get apprenticeship opportunities,” an official said.

Secretary Education Punya Salila Srivastava said that more than 400 students have already enrolled in the scheme from Delhi and a big awareness scheme is being launched to attract the students to the scheme.

CEO of the National Skill Development Corporation (NS DC) Jay ant Krishna applauded the initiative and said that revised Apprenticeship Act is a great reform which has happened after 50 years.

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