Union Ministers for Minority Affairs and Agriculture, Dr Najma Heptulla and Radha Mohan Singh jointly inaugurated the Skill Training Centers in Madarsa Idara-e-Shariah, Patna and via video conferencing in Madarsa Anjuman Islamia and Madarsa Islamia Anjuman Rafaqul Muslimin, Motihari on pilot project basis.
The scheme of Skill Training Centres in madarsas involves linking of traditional educational institutions like madarsas, maktabs, monasteries and others, with skill training for the minority communities.
On the occasion, Singh informed that a budget provision of Rs 3.60 crore has been made by Maulana Azad National Academy for Skill (MANAS) for this pilot project for setting up skill training centers in these three madarsas and conducting skill development and up-gradation training for minority communities, by MANAS through its Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs). Later, the scheme will be extended to other madarsas. After training, students will get certificates and loans on lower interest rates for entrepreneurship.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Heptullah said, “This scheme will bring together specialised training providers, leading industry bodies and trainees. The core objective of the scheme is to provide top quality skill training at the neighbourhood as per the demand of the market to the students who are currently enrolled with traditional educational institutions.”
MANAS will act as a facilitator, bringing on-board Traditional Educational Institutions of minorities who have vacant space available to collaborate with its PIAs, who are training providers, capable of setting up training infrastructure within the available space in these institutions. These training centres will be established and developed as per the norms of Sector Skill Councils (SSCs), National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) to maintain the standard of the training programme.
Launch of the Skill Training Centers through traditional educational institution is an important milestone towards achieving the objective of skilling minority communities with speed, scale and standards across the country. This scheme would bring together key stakeholders accelerating the process of their gainful integration with the workforce of the entire country, by providing them sustainable livelihoods with primarily focus on self-employment.
MANAS have evolved comprehensive real-time monitoring and evaluation framework to ensure quality, credibility and scalabilities of the training programme. By leveraging technology, the entire activity chain has been broken into segment, stages inter-linked to each other from planning, execution, evaluation and post placement tracking and each segment, stages is fully captured by an application in online software.
Objective of launching of the scheme is to highlight the significance of skilling, vocational education and entrepreneurship amongst the minority communities of the country and make them feel that by skilling, re-skilling, and up-skilling at their door-steps, so that they can also become an integral part of the Skilling India Mission.