Focus Area: Governance
Region / State: Rajasthan
Duration: Beginning in 2016
Under-representation in employment is one of the pitfalls highlighted for the backwardness of Muslim community in economic performance. While jobs in private sector ensure a decent living, the employment in government sector also becomes the share of power in a democratic environment. Both of these segments also ensure that the employee is protected by established social security systems like insurance, provident fund etc.
Muslim community due to the backwardness in education rarely proposes itself to the higher levels of both government and private corporate sector job market. They end up in low paid and unorganised sectors and are mostly self-employed. Adding to this is the low Worker Population Ratio (WPR) of the community due to low participation of Muslim women in income generation activities.
Educational promotion is surely the first step, but equally important is to make the available low number of educated youth competent in quality and confidence. Skill development and enhancement comes in to picture in this context.
The large number of artisans and skilled workers present in the community start their work as skilled labourer and end at the same level even after decades of work-experience and master-skills. Upgrading these people with knowledge, and training on technology and equipment can enhance their income manifold.
This project proposes to train educated Muslim youths to make them competent to enter the government service and corporate private sector jobs. Confidence building, motivation and sharpening of skill sets will have to be addressed. This shall include short term bridge courses targeting class 3 and 4 levels and also long term plans to address higher executive jobs. It will also facilitate vocational skill training for Muslim youths with provisions for skill enhancement for working artisans and craftsmen.
Goal and Objectives
Establish an institutional setup which will facilitate classroom sessions and practical training. Organise short term finishing courses for educated Muslim youths commensurate with their educational qualifications. Facilitate skill enhancement programmes for artisans and skilled labourers. Initiate long term courses for identifying talented students and promoting them to reach higher executive positions.
Kota in Rajasthan is proposed for starting this model setup. Being a training and educational hub in the country, Kota is an ideal location for this pilot project as it ensures the availability of faculty, trainers and educated Muslim youths.
Duration and Batches
The proposed progression plan will start with skill development programmes in the first year and Public Service Commission (PSC) examination training in the second. Soft skill development programmes will go along as per demand. Talent hunt based advanced schemes with longer duration will be taken up after the second year.
The first year will have 3 batches of skill development programme with duration of 3 months each. PSC examination training will be added in the second year with 3-month and 6-month courses with a total of 10 batches in the second year. Overall, the two year calendar will be as follows:
- Year 1: Skill development programmes
- Year 2: Skill development and PSC coaching
- Year 3: Talent hunt based long term training programmes
Being an institutional setup, this project will have a team of administration and academic staff with a director as the head of the institution. 3 more administration staff and 2 teaching faculty will form the base team with provisions for outsourcing experts.