To address the burgeoning problem of unemployment among the youth of our nation, it has been decided by the Ministry of Human Resource Development that All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi will run the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) in an integrated effort to step up the skilling of youth under the PMKVY scheme. Applications were invited accordingly from all the Technical Institutions and Polytechnics approved by the AICTE under the Scheme to train the unemployed youth in engineering skills. The Technical Institutions/Polytechnics have to utilize their existing infrastructure for offering these courses in the off-college hours such that the unemployed youth enrolled for these courses shall acquire adequate skills for certificate under the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) and find placement in suitable private sector jobs. Under this initiative, funds would be released covering the cost of teaching/learning activities directly to the Institutions.

Objective of the scheme

The primary aims of the scheme are stated below:

  • Encourage the institutions for making the best use of available infrastructure of higher education system during off hours for skill training.
  • Provide employable and certifiable skills based on National Occupational Standards (NOS) with necessary soft skills to the school dropouts who want to pursue/attain higher order skills and living in the vicinity of College.
  • Provide for up-gradation and certification of traditional/acquired skills of the learners irrespective of their age.
  • Provide opportunities for community-based life-long learning by offering courses of general interest to the community for personal development and interest.
  • Offer bridge courses to certificate holder of general/ vocational education, so as to bring them at par with appropriate NSQF level.
  • Provide entrepreneurial orientation along with required skills, trained for self-employment and entrepreneurship development.
  • Provide Post Placement support, Tracking and Monitoring.

Empanelment of our university under PMKVY-TI

The School of Technology, Assam Don Bosco University had initiated the application process after the formation of the “ADBU Centre for Skill Development, Azara Campus” with staff members from all the departments of School of Technology, ADBU. The SOT, ADBU through ADBU Centre for Skill Development had applied for developing the skills of the unemployed. After evaluation by State Level Steering Committee, the National Level Steering Committee finally recommended ADBU for five different trades mentioned below:

In 2017-18

Table 1: Training Provided
Sector Specialization NSQF (National Skills Qualifications Framework) level Minimum Qualification of trainees Number of Hours Recommended Intake
Power Assistant Electricity
Meter Reader, Billing
& Cash Collector
3 10th 200 25
IT/IteS Domestic IT Helpdesk
4 12th preferable 440 21
IT/IteS Domestic Data entry
4 10th 440 25

In 2018-19

Table 2: Training Provided
Sector Specialization NSQF (National Skills Qualifications Framework) level Minimum Qualification of trainees Number of Hours Recommended Intake
Power Electrician Domestic 3 10th 200 25
IT/IteS Solar Panel Installation Technician 4 12th preferable 440 21
IT/IteS Domestic Data entry
4 10th 440 25

As per the specializations, the trades pertaining to IT/ITeS sector were handled by the Department of CSE & IT, while for the Power sector were taken care of by the Department of EEE and the Telecom sector taught by the Department of ECE.

Student mobilization and enrolment

It was the responsibility of our University to mobilize students from the community. Any person could join the approved programmes as per the eligibility criteria. For admission to the programmes offered by our University, preference was given to the learners living in the local community. Reservation to SC, ST, OBC and PWD categories were available as per the extant National / State policy. The students admitted for each stream had to strictly adhere to the minimum qualification prescribed by AICTE. The maximum batch size for each specialization was 25. The students, at the time of admission, had to submit a copy of PAN card/ Voter ID card which will have to be uploaded to the AICTE website.

Curriculum development

Conducting departments had to map curriculum as per model curriculum available, with the QPs (Qualification Packs) and NOS (National Occupational Standards) set by the respective SSC (Sector Skill Council). Model curriculum included Key learning outcome, Theory and Practical duration, Training Tools. All the faculties of the three departments (ECE, EEE and CSE) meticulously developed the syllabus for the courses.

Infrastructure and faculty

The University operated the training programme in the existing buildings and premises of Azara campus. Industry sites like APDCL (Assam Power Distribution company Ltd.), Amingaon were used for imparting necessary skills. The faculties consisted of existing faculties of ECE, EEE and CSE-IT, a pool of trainers recruited for this project and trainers from APDCL imparted the training to the candidates.

Assessment of the trainees

The Skill components of the course were assessed by the respective Sector Skill Councils as per the norms which are prescribed by NSDA/ NSQF approved independent third party agency approved by NSDA. University had to confirm dates on the AICTE portal for conducting assessment.

Result and certification

Certificates were awarded by the respective Sector Skill Council approved by NSDA to the successful candidates.

This kind of skill development training initiated by MHRD in collaboration with AICTE helps in development of the deprived section of the society. The scheme is intended to help the unemployed and dropout youths to get trained in a particular skill and earn their livelihood. They also get access to state of the art training and laboratories facility. In the year 2017-18 a grant of Rs. 5,51,000/- (approx..) and in 2018-19 Rs. 2, 77, 913/- (approx..) were received from the govt. by the university for providing training in Assistant Electricity Meter Reader and Cash Collector, Domestic Data Entry Operator, Domestic IT help Desk Attendant, Solar panel installation technician and Electrician domestic solutions.


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