On Saturday, the Skill Hub Initiative was formally launched in Jammu and Kashmir under the Samagra Siksha project. As per the project director of Samagra Siksha, Deep Raj Kanethia, 40 schools have been identified and designated as ‘skill hubs’ in J&K. However, initially, the programme is being launched in 9 government schools as a pilot project.
The Skill Hub Initiative is a part of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna 3.0 and was launched across India on January 1. It will be executed through the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
The scheme, envisioned by the Union ministries of education and skill development and entrepreneurship, aims to provide NSDC certified skill courses for out-of-school children and youth and dropouts.
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Further, it aims at preparing the youth for placements as well as self-entrepreneurship.
Kanethia said that nine schools have been selected for the pilot project and would be imparting training in the NSDC recognised courses and eventually the programme will be extended to cover other schools. Vocational trainers will be deployed in these schools.
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The government schools that have been designated as ‘skill hubs’ are located in different districts, including Reasi, Budgam, Anantnag, Poonch, Srinagar, Kishtwar, Pulwama, and Jammu.