Even as employment generation tops the agenda of political parties fighting for power in Jammu and Kashmir, young people from the state have found an option for getting jobs under the Udaan scheme of the National skill Development Corporation’s (NSDC). Nearly 3,447 were trained and 1,928 placed during January to December 2014. Almost 12,939 candidates have been selected for training under the programme since its inception in November 2011. All graduates, postgraduates and three-year engineering diploma holders, who are domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir and between 18 to 40 years of age, can apply for training programmes. Corporates like Tata Consultancy Services, Genpact, IL&FS, CMC, Reliance HR Services, Accenture, Safe Express and Ratnakar Bank have partnered with NSDC for training candidates. “We have also received a commitment to skill more than 76,000 candidates from corporates till date,” says Dilip Chenoy, managing director and CEO, NSDC.
The selection process varies for all these companies. Once selected, the candidates need to re-locate to get trained in the company.
Since the inception of Project Udaan, only 6% of the candidates have dropped out during their training and hardly 1% opted out of placements after completion of training. “One of the main challenges we have faced is the dropout rate, which is due to the problems they face if they get work outside their home states. However, many corporates have helped these candidates to acclimatise by teaching them the local language and handheld them to adapt to their new professional and local environments,” says Chenoy. The cost of accommodation during training is taken care of by the Ministry of Home Affairs. “Unfortunately, the youth of J&K have not had opportunity to get exposed to any other industry apart from ‘Tourism’. Udaan will help the youth to explore their potential outside their comfort zone and contribute their knowledge, expertise and finesse to other parts of the country by aligning themselves to the industry norms and expectations,” says Divya Jain, founder and CEO, Safeducate, which is working towards recruiting and training these young people for jobs in the supply chain and logistics sector.