At least 7,000 youths from Jammu and Kashmir will soon be trained for various skills to be absorbed in reputed companies like Tata and Reliance under a special scheme. The youths with graduate and post graduate degrees will be picked from across the state, including militancy-prone towns like Sopore, under the Centrally sponsored scheme Udaan, a special scheme launched to help youths from Jammu and Kashmir to get jobs in top companies.
"We had a discussion with several companies like Tata and Reliance two days ago for recruiting next batch of youths - around 7,000, under the Udaan," a senior government official said. The scheme is being implemented by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
The programme aims at providing the skill and enhancing the employability of 40,000 unemployed youths of the state who are graduates and post graduates. As many youths are not willing to leave Kashmir valley, government is planning to give special incentives to those who are willing to work in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore or Gurgaon.
"The special allowance will be given for at least six months so that the youths can acclimatise themselves in another city," the official said. The government is also planning to provide accommodation to Kashmiri youths in groups of 3-4 in bigger cities.
"There are risk of keeping youths together as they may involve in other activities. But we are ready to take that risk," the official said.
According to the scheme, the identified companies will screen and select students from the state. The duration, place and nature of training will be decided by the company after considering the profile of the candidates and their skill gap. After completion of the training, the company will take necessary measures for placement of the trainees in association with NSDC.
The scheme has already helped provide jobs to around 5,000 youths from Jammu and Kashmir with companies including Accenture, Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro. More than 54 companies have already committed to train nearly 68,738 graduates and post-graduates in Jammu and Kashmir over the next four-five years and later offer them jobs as well if they fit the bill.
The cost of the training, boarding and lodging, is borne by the Central government. If a candidate is selected for a job after completing training, the government reimburses the training cost to the company.
Companies which have tied up with the Centre to train youths in Jammu and Kashmir over the next few years also include Bharti Infratel Limited, Tenvic - a division of Anil Kumble Sports Promotion, Fidelis Corporate Solutions, MTC Mount Talent Consulting and Manpower Group - the world leader in innovative work solutions. Yes Bank, Religare and public sector units including NTPC, BSNL, ONGC, HAL and BHEL are among other companies that have committed to train the youths for corporate jobs in metros.