Union HRD Minister launches the Scheme for Higher Education Youth in Apprenticeship and Skills (SHREYAS)

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Scheme for Higher Education Youth in Apprenticeship and Skills (SHREYAS)
SHREYAS will help the youth to obtain gainful employment and contribute to country’s progress : Shri Prakash Javadekar

The Minister for Human Resources Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar has launched the Scheme for Higher Education Youth in Apprenticeship and Skills (SHREYAS) for providing industry apprenticeship opportunities to the general graduates exiting in April 2019 through the National Apprenticeship Promotional Scheme (NAPS). Launched in New Delhi today, the program aims to enhance the employability of Indian youth by providing ‘on the job work exposure’ and earning of stipend.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the education with skills is the need of the hour and the SHREYAS will be a major effort in this direction to make our degree students more skilled, capable, employable and aligned to the needs of our economy so that they contribute to country’s progress and also obtain gainful employment. He informed that SHREYAS is a programme conceived for students in degree courses, primarily non-technical, with a view to introduce employable skills into their learning, promote apprenticeship as integral to education and also amalgamate employment facilitating efforts of the Government into the education system so that clear pathways towards employment opportunities are available to students during and after their graduation.

The Minister also informed that SHREYAS is a programme basket comprising the initiatives of three Central Ministries, namely the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and the Ministry of Labour& Employment viz the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS), the National Career Service (NCS)and introduction of BA/BSc/BCom (Professional) courses in the higher educational institutions.

SHREYAS portal will enable educational institutions and industry to log in and provide their respective demand and supply of apprenticeship. The matching of students with apprenticeship avenues will take place as per pre-specified eligibility criteria. The State Governments are expected to play a major role in securing apprenticeship opportunities, apart from the Sector  Skill Councils, so that general degree students passing out in April 2019, gain the option of industry & service sector apprenticeship. Further, the SSCs have identified more than 100 NSQF aligned Job roles/courses in the sectors of IT, Retail, Logistics, Tourism, Healthcare, BFSI, Electronics, Media, Life Sciences and Management, which the exiting graduates can take up under Apprenticeship program. These courses will be available to them from Academic year

April-May, 2019. More than 40 higher educational institutions have already been tied up for taking up embedded apprenticeship courses.

During the occasion, Ministry of Human Resources Development and Ministry for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship launched 7 degree Apprenticeship curricula, which are BBA & BVOC courses, remodelled with apprenticeship embedded in them. 6 Sector Skill Councils of IT, Retail, Logistics, Tourism, BFSI, Food Processing have taken the lead. More curricula, currently underway, include Healthcare, Electronics and Media sectors.

The event also witnessed leading industrial organisations entering into apprenticeship contracts with some graduate students in key sectors namely IT & ITes, Media and BFSI.

Objectives

Following are the objectives of SHREYAS

  1. To improve employability of students by introducing employment relevance into the learning process of the higher education system
  2. To forge a close functional link between education and industry/service sectors on a sustainable basis
  3. To provide skills which are in demand, to the students in a dynamic manner
  4. To establish an ‘earn while you learn’ system into higher education
  5. To help business/industry in securing good quality manpower
  6. To link student community with employment facilitating efforts of the Government

Modalities

The scheme would be operationalised by coordination of Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and the Ministry of Labour. The operation would be as given below:

  1. The Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) have identified more than 100 areas where they would be able to find apprenticeship opportunities. They along with the colleges concerned (with the help of their placement cells), would identify the industries where the apprenticeships would be provided.
    1. Higher Educational Institutions can log-into the SHREYAS portal and express their interest in the skill areas, along with the expected number of students who are expected to opt for it.
    1. This demand would be scrutinised by the SSC concerned, who would confirm on portal, the positions available.
  • Based on this confirmation, the HEI would upload the names of the students on the SHREYAS portal.
    • The NAPS would thereupon generate the Contract between the industry and the student.
    • After this, the monthly stipend would be paid by the industry, and 25% of this would be reimbursed by NAPS portal subject to a maximum of Rs.1,500 per month.
    • The SSC would monitor the progress and would conduct the examination at the end of the apprenticeship period, and would give certificate to the successful candidates. These certificates are valid throughout India for seeking employment.

Target

In all the tracks together, it is proposed to cover 50 lakh students by 2022.