Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, Friday, underscored the need for developing an accurate tracking mechanism of youth; post their training under the skill development mission. He said the success of the skill development mission can only be realised when placement of these youth and utilisation of their learnt skills is ensured, adding that this aspect is critical to the whole programme.
While taking the review of J&K Skill Development Mission at a meeting he chaired in Jammu, Chief Minister said that State government besides engaging private players through initiatives like UDAAN and HIMMAT has simultaneously focused on enhancing the existing training facilities. He said our training programmes should be reflective of the requirements in the job market, adding that steps should be taken to devise an inbuilt mechanism in the course curriculum itself to ensure market oriented skill training to the youth.
Omar laid special emphasis on imparting soft skills to youth across all training programmes to improve their communication skills and chances of getting absorbed in the job market where besides educational and technical qualifications special focus is laid on communication skills. He said although such training modules exist in our Training Institutes; however added emphasis needs to be given on presentations, group discussions, report writing and mock interviews. He said our Tourism Industry also can immensely benefit, if our Taxi Operators PonnyWallas and others associated with tourism activities are provided mandatory soft skill training courses to improve their interpersonal skills.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government has fixed a target of skilling 9.1 lakh youth during the 12th FYP and we are moving forward in this direction, however during the course some redesigning or rearranging may be required to suit the job market requirements to ensure higher placement avenues for the youth under the mission.
Earlier, Principal Secretary Planning and Development, B R Sharma gave detailed presentation on skill development saying that during 2012-13 against the target of training 1.10 lakh youth as many as 88,440 have received training in sectors of Micro & Small Scale Industry, Vocational and Technical Education, Agriculture, Horticulture, Information Technology, Animal, Sheep Husbandry, Tourism, Health, Himayat and Udaan.