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The world believes that India, the country of a billion, as the next upcoming power. With half the population still struggling to be skilled, this dream seemed far. This reality had to be changed and Government of India accepted this challenge head on.
A famous quote once said “It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skills”. Skills form the backbone of all mission and a country can only growth if its workforce has the best of technical, industrial and soft skills. In 2015, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship launched the Skill India Program which has offered the best platform for the Indian youth to polish their professional skills. Skill India is the force behind the vocational training initiatives growing across India, producing a generation of highly skilled and employable Indian youth. The program launched its flagship scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) which is essentially for students who cannot afford their skill training. It is the stepping stone which helps in mobilising and empowering millions of Indian youth with industry-relevant skill training that will help them in securing a better livelihood. Let’s take a look at some of the success stories.
One of the top demanding sectors is Life Science which is growing at a CAGR of 17%, but it is still facing a shortage of skilled work force across functions and levels. We brought an inspiration right from the heart of this emerging sector.
Meet Mr. Hemant Jha. Until PMKVY happened, he was just another young man of Katihar district, Bihar. Who knew one skill training with PMKVY will change his life so drastically. He was trained under PMKVY’s Life Science Skill Development Course which groomed him to become a successful medical representative. PMKVY transformed him from an unemployed young man to a rising employee at one of the top international healthcare brands Sun Pharma. As his dreams found wings, his home found a stronger foundation.
These potential development courses worked wonders for Indian women. In last 3 years, more 3 lakh women are trained to earn their livelihood. A small training transformed their lives. From an ordinary woman, they emerged to become their own heroes.
The first success story comes from the eastern end of the country. Who thought a regular tribal woman from a remote village of Tripura would do something that’ll change the way people look at cultivation? Traditional cultivation was not enough then, it isn’t enough now. That’s why when an entire village struggled to make the ends meet; she understood it was time to bring a change and she did.
Meet Nitya Devi Nihotiya. She chose a path less travelled. Her efforts paved the way and brought her to PMKVY’s Rubber Plantation Training, after which she started Rubber Planting Nursery. This nursery opened doors of profits upto Rs.4,000 per month. Not only she is grateful to PMKVY, but elated to share her experience as to motivate others who are in need of right direction.
Another such story is of two sisters Poonam and Komal. Their plight didn’t stop them to change their life. Broken dwellings, pity conditions and no funds to continue their education was the scenario they wanted to change. And, it happened after they pursued a skill training course from PMKVY. The change was gradual but strong which turned them into textile company employees. Not only they happily support their families now but have become a role model for women who want to be financially independent through their skills.
Skill India with PMKVY is paving a path of brighter tomorrow for every young Indian. These are not just stories of transformation and achievements but of hope and enlightenment for every potential youth seeking the right direction.