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Yashaswi aims to tackle nation’s unemployment woes through vocational training courses

pune Updated: May 18, 2018 15:01 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Diploma students at the Yashaswi academy during a training session.(HT Photo)

City-based institution, Yashaswi academy, has reached out to state governments and industry leaders in a bid fill the need for skilled labour. The academy has provided skilling opportunities to individuals looking to raise their income or make a living, through its skill development programmes.

According to theCentre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE),a business and economic database and research company, there are almost 31 million unemployed youth in India.

“It’s high time that education concentrates on imparting relevant information and experience. In the globalised world, theoretical knowledge, without the necessary vocational skills, is of no use. This is the root of the unemployment problem. The solution lies in skilling the population and that is what pushed us to begin the Learn and Earn scheme, with the approval of the Maharashtra government,” said Vishwesh Kulkarni, president, Yashaswi group.

The Learn and Earn scheme is a joint venture of Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) and Yashaswi Institute of Technology. It was launched in 2010, after the approval of the Government of Maharashtra and is affiliated to the Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE) and YCMOU.

The programme, which involves skilling the students in technical and vocational courses, has now trained and successfully placed over 11,000 students in several engineering companies. A total of 136 industries are associated with the institute, including Tata Group of Companies, Mahindra and Mahindra, General Motors, Cummins, Hyundai, and Johnson andJohnson.

“We had begun the programme keeping in mind the large number of unemployed engineering students in the state. We have now expanded our training programmes to include courses for other sectors like the pharmaceutical, retail, and hospitality sector among others,” added Kulkarni.

Yashaswi academy conducts skill development programmes in eight districts of Maharashtra - Pune, Mumbai, Nashik, Baramati, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Jalgaon,, and Nagpur. More than 75,000 students across the country have been trained by the institute.

Recently, the academy also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Madhya Pradesh government, under a public-private partnership. As per the MoU, the institute will make one lakh students skilled and job ready, each year, across 15 districts of the state. From hands-on training, counselling, to personality development training, the objective is to make the students employable.

While Yashaswi provides diploma courses, primarily to students who are already employed or are looking for employment,Symbiosis Skills and Open University (SSOU), Kiwale, has reached out to promote skill development as a viable academic and employment qualification. The institute, which opened in 2017, offers an array of BBA, BTech, B.Arch, BSc, MBA as well as diploma and certificate courses.

“Creating career-driven, employable individuals in today’s world is extremely important. Considering the expanding economy of the country, it is also important to continuously empower our youth to develop the spirit of entrepreneurship through an interdisciplinary approach to education,” said Swati Mujumdar, pro-chancellor of SSOU.

First Published: May 18, 2018 14:58 IST