Sep 17, 2015

Incentives To Girls For Secondary Education

To promote enrolment of girl child in the age group of 14-18 at secondary stage, especially those who passed Class VIII and to encourage the secondary education of such girls, the Centrally Sponsored Scheme. National Scheme of Incentives to Girls for Secondary Education was launched in May,2008.
The Scheme covers:
·         All SC/ST girls who pass class VIII and
·         Girls, who pass class VIII examination from Kastrurba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (irrespective of whether they belong to Scheduled Castes or Tribes) and enroll for class IX in State/UT Government, Government-aided or local body schools in the academic year 2008-09 onwards.
·         Girls should be below 16 years of age ( as on 31st March) on joining class IX
·         Married girls, girls studying in private un-aided schools and enrolled in schools run by Central Government are excluded.
A sum of Rs.3,000/- is deposited in the name of eligible girls as fixed deposit. The girls are entitled to withdraw the sum along with interest thereon on reaching 18 years of age and on passing 10th class examination.

Centrally Sponsored Scheme “Incentives to Girls for Secondary Education”

Strengthening Of Teacher's Training Institutes

Originally, the Government launched the Scheme of Restructuring and Re-organisation of Teacher Education in 1987. The aim of this scheme was to create a sound institutional infrastructure for pre-service and in-service training of elementary and secondary school teachers and for provision of academic resource support to elementary and secondary schools. The scheme had the following components :
·         Setting up of District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs)
·         Strengthening of Secondary Teachers Education Institutions into Colleges of Teacher Education (CTEs) and Institutes of Advanced Study in Education (IASEs)
·         Strengthening of State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs)
This scheme was revised under the Xth Plan, with the following main objectives :
·         Speedy completion of DIET/CTE/IASE/SCERT projects, which have been sanctioned but not completed up to the end of the IX Plan period
·         Making DIETs, CTEs, IASEs sanctioned (and SCERTs strengthened) upto the IX Plan period, optimally functional and operational
·         Sanction and implementation of fresh DIET/CTE/IASE/SCERT projects to the extent necessary
·         Improvement in the quality of programmes being undertaken by DIETs, etc. – especially those of pre-service and in-service training, so as to enable them to effectively play their nodal role of improving quality of elementary and secondary education in their respective jurisdiction, as measured in terms of levels of learner achievement
Related Links :
·         State-wise distribution of DIETs, CTEs & IASEs
·         Guidelines for the scheme under the Xth Five year Plan

Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (Integrated)

RMSA is a major scheme launched in March, 2009 with the vision of making secondary education of good quality available, accessible and affordable to al young persons in the age group 15-16 years.
The objective of the scheme is to enhance access and improve quality of education at secondary stage, while ensuring equity. The scheme envisages enhancing the enrollment for classes IX-X by providing a secondary school within a reasonable distance of every habitation, improving quality of education imparted at secondary level through making all secondary schools conform to prescribed norms, removal of gender, socio-economic and disability barriers, universal access to secondary level education by 2017, and universal retention by 2020.
The Centrally Sponsored Schemes viz ICT at schools, Girls’ Hostel, Inclusive Education for Disabled at Secondary Stage and Vocational Education were subsumed from 2013-14 under the RMSA. The subsuming of these schemes under the RMSA, would lead to significant financial savings and administrative rationalization of the provisions under the schemes which, on the one hand would add to the fund availability under RMSA and on the other hand, since interventions under these schemes extend to aided schools as also cover the segment of higher secondary, their subsuming under RMSA will in effect provide for convergence based implementation of RMSA with the inclusion of aided schools and higher secondary segment. These are now integrated component of RMSA
Though the benefits to aided schools as of now will be limited to the current interventions under the other schemes and to the exclusion of the core components of the existing RMSA provisions, at the State level the convergence would lead to integrated and inclusive (aided schools and higher secondary classes) planning and implementation.
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Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS)


The Directorate General of Employment & Training (DGE&T) in the Ministry of Labour, Government of India initiated Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS) in 1950 by establishing about 50 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) for imparting skills in various vocational trades to meet the skilled manpower requirements for technology and industrial growth of the country. The second major phase of increase in ITIs came with the oil-boom in West-Asia and export of skilled manpower to that region from India. Several new private ITIs were established in 1980’s in southern states mostly in Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, etc. from where trained craftsmen found placement mainly in Gulf countries. In 1980, there were 830 ITIs and the number rose to 1900 ITIs in 1987. During 1990’s, the growth of ITIs had been steep and presently there are over 10,750 ITIs (2275 in Govt. & 8475 in Private Sector) having a total seating capacity of 15.22 lakhs.
Under the constitution of India, Vocational training is the concurrent subject of both Central and State Governments. The development of training schemes at National level, evolution of policy, laying of training standards, norms, conducting of examinations, certification, etc. are the responsibilities of the Central Government, whereas the implementation of the training schemes largely rests with the State Govts./UT Administrators. The Central Govt. is advised by the National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT), a tripartite body having representatives from employers, workers and Central/State Governments. Similar Councils termed as State Councils for Vocational Training are constituted for the same purpose by the respective State Governments at state levels.
Salient Features of the Scheme
·         Training is impartedin 70 engineering and 63 non-engineering trades.
·         ITIs are functioning under the administrative control of the respective State Govts./UTs / Private Organisations.
·         The period of training for various trades varies from six months to two years and the entry qualification varies from 8th to12th class pass, depending on the requirements of training in different trades.
·         The period of training for various trades varies from six months to two years and the entry qualification varies from 8th to12th class pass, depending on the requirements of training in different trades.
·         These institutes are required to conduct training courses as per the curriculum prescribed by National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT). The admission to the new courses are made in the month of August every year.
·         The trainees after competition of the training period are required to appear in the All India Trade Test conducted under the aegis of National Council for Vocational Training. The successful trainees are awarded National Trade Certificate which has been recognized by Govt of India for the purpose of recruitment to subordinate posts and services under the Central Govt.
·         About 70% of the training period is allotted to practical training and the rest to theoretical training relating to Trade theory, Workshop Calculation & Science, Engineering Drawing, Social Studies including environmental science & family welfare.
·         Training in Govt. ITIs is provided at nominal fee is charged. They are also provided with library, sports and medical facilities etc.
·         Syllabi of various trades are periodically revised to keep pace in tune with changes in technology.
·         Seats are reserved for SC/ST , OBCs , Differently abled and women candidates as per norms
·         There is a provision of re-affiliation for existing affiliated ITIs for more than 5 years old to ensure standards/norms prescribed by N.C.V.T.
·         Work of inspection &accreditation of ITIs has been entrusted to the Quality Council of Indiaw.e.f1.9.2012and applications are submitted online for opening of new ITIs as well as addition of trades in existing ITIs.

·         Reports of inspection & accreditation, as received from QCI ,are processed at DGE&T HQ and put up before the sub –Committee of NCVT for grant of affiliation.

Skill Development Initiative Scheme


Government of India, Ministry of Labour & Employment launched a Modular Employable Skills (MES) under Skill Development Initiative (SDI) Scheme through Directorate General of Employment & Training in May 2007.  Under this scheme, training to earlier school leavers and existing workers specially in a unorganised sector are to be trained for employable skills.    In close consultation with industries/State Governments and expertise the scheme has been operationalized since 2007.    A majority of Indian workforce does not possess marketable skills which is an impediment in getting decent employment and improving their economic condition.  While India has large young population, only 5% of the Indian labour force in the age group of 20-24 years has obtained vocational skills through formal means whereas the percentage in industrialized countries varies between 60 % and 96%.  About 63% of the school students drop out at different stages before reaching Class X.  Only about 2.5 million vocational training seats are available in the country whereas about 12.8 million persons enter the labour market every year.  Even out of these training places, very few are available for early school dropouts.  This signifies that a large number of school drop outs do not have access to skill development for improving their employability.  The educational entry requirements and long duration of courses of the formal training system are some of the impediments for a person of low educational attainment to acquire skills for his livelihood.  Further, the largest share of new jobs in India is likely to come from the unorganized sector that employs up to 93 per cent of the national workforce, but most of the training programmes cater to the needs of the organized sector.
·         To provide vocational training to school leavers, existing workers, ITI graduates, improve their employability by optimally utilizing the infrastructure available in Government, private institutions and the Industry.  Existing skills of the persons can also be tested and certified under this scheme.
·         To build capacity in the area of development of competency standards, course curricula, learning material and assessment standards in the country.
·          Priority will be given to covering those above the age of 14 years who have been or withdrawn as child labour to enable them to learn employable skills in order to get gainful employment.
·         The Skill Development Initiative Scheme is 100 % centrally sponsored scheme.
·         Demand driven Short term training courses based on Modular Employable  Skills decided in consultation with Industry.
·         Central Government facilitates and promotes training while State Governments, private sector and industry provide training to the persons.
·         Optimum utilisation of existing infrastructure available to made training cost effective.
·         Courses are available for persons having completed 5th standard and onwards.
·         Testing of skills of trainees by independent assessing bodies, including industry organizations such as FICCI, CII, etc. which do not involve in training delivery, to ensure an impartial assessment by the employer itself.
·         Flexible delivery mechanism (part time, weekends, full time).
·         Different levels of programmes (Foundation level as well as skill up gradation) to meet demands of various target groups
·         Training is provided by registered Vocational Training Providers (VTPs) under the Govt., Private Sector and Industrial establishments.
·         Testing of skills of an individual acquired informally in competency and issue of certificate on qualifying it successfully.
·         The certification by NCVT which is recognised nationally and internationally for gainful employment.
·         During XI Plan period (2007-2012), against an approved outlay of Rs.550 crore, an amount of Rs.407 crore was spent and 13.67 lakh persons were trained or directly tested under the scheme.  Cabinet Committee on Skill Development has approved  the continuation of SDIS for XII Plan period with certain changes on 13.08.2013.
·         Existing skills of the persons can also be tested and certified under this scheme.
·         The on-line implementation of the  SDI Scheme through the Web-Portal has been launched since 1st  January, 2012.

Rajiv Gandhi Udvami Mitra Yolana (RGUMY) (Revised Guidelines for 12th Five Year Plan )

1. Background 1.1. The small scale industries tiny or micro industries and service/business entities, collectively referred as micro and small enterprises (MSEs), have a long history of promoting inclusive, spatially widespread and employment-oriented economic growth in India. In terms of employment generation, this segment is next only to agriculture. 1.2. Entrepreneurship development and training is one of the key elements for development and promotion of micro and small enterprises, particularly, the first generation entrepreneurs. Training Programme of various durations on Entrepreneurship Development are being organized on regular basis by a number of organizations to create new entrepreneurs by cultivating their latent qualities of entrepreneurship and enlightening them on various aspects necessary for setting up micro and small enterprises. 1.3. The Scheme of Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojana (RGUMY) was thus launched during 11th plan period to provide handholding support to first generation entrepreneurs. A component of "Udyami Helpline" was subsequently added to the Scheme in 2010 to also provide information support and guidance through a toll free number 1800-180-6763. 1.4. The Scheme of RGUMY has been modified w.e.f. 01-04-15 and the handholding support component (Udyami Mitra) has been discontinued w.e.f. 31-03-15. The Udyami Helpline (1800-180-6763) has been allowed to continue during the remaining period of 12thPlan. 2. Objective 2.1 The objective of Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojana (RGUMY) is to provide information, support, guidance and assistance to first generation entrepreneurs as well as other existing entrepreneurs through an Udyami Helpline' (a Call Centre for MSMEs on toll-free number 1800-180-6763), to guide them regarding various promotional schemes of the Government, procedural formalities required for setting up and running of the enterprise. 3. Screening cum Monitoring Committee 3.1 Implementation of the Scheme would be considered/ reviewed by the Screening cum Monitoring Committee(SMC) headed by Joint Secretary (SME Division) periodically. The following officials would be members of such Committee: (i) Director (SME) — as Member Secretary (ii) Joint Development Commissioner in the office of DC(MSME) handling MSME policy (iii) Dy. Secretary (EDI) (iv) Under Secretary (IF Wing) 3..2 The SMC would regularly review the progress of the scheme and when ever considered necessary for the smooth functioning of the scheme, issue suitable executive instructions, with the approval of Secretary (MSME)
4. Training of Call Centre Agents 4.1 Call Center Agents attending to the Calls would be required to undergo Refresher Training from time to time, as necessary and such expenditure shall be borne by the Ministry. Besides the class-room training on-site, a web based content module would be developed and maintained to cover the frequently asked questions (FAQs), scheme-wise, to act as a Quick Reference Material (QRM) for the Call Center Agents. 4.2 The hourly rates for Training of Trainers (TOT) programmes under the Scheme of Assistance to Training Institutions (ATIs) shall be applicable for all trainings and refresher trainings under RGUMY. 5. Udyami Helpline Cell (UHC) 5.1 The Udyami Helpline set up by the Ministry of MSME, with services support from NSIC, will coordinate the operations of Udyami Helpline. The administrative expenses/service charges for these services would be reimbursed to NSIC, on actual basis. The services from NSIC, inter-alia would include posting appropriate personnel to the UHC. 6. Udyami Helpline 6.1 In order to provide information about the various promotional and developmental schemes of the Government/other agencies and helping the MSMEs in accessing bank credit and resolving their credit related problems, an Udyami Helpline has been set up under the Scheme. Udyami Helpline provides the much needed information and guidance & about various aspects of entrepreneurship/ information on MSME schemes /procedures/Credit related issues to potential as well as existing Entrepreneurs. 6.2 The process of Helpline for National Portal for Online Registration of MSMEs may also be brought under the ambit of Udyami Helpline. A few seats in the Udyami Helpline may be dedicated to this process and personnel attending such calls may be specifically trained by NIC to solve the issues / queries raised by users about the EM Portal. 6.3 The services of Udyami Helpline are offered in Hindi or English on a Toll-free number (1800-180-6763) which is accessible from all landline and mobile phones in the country. The Udyami Helpline functions, from 7.00 am in the morning till 9.00 pm in the evening with 20 seats. During non-working hours, the callers get an IVRS message. 6.4 Call Centre agents at Udyami Helpline would be trained from time to time about various schemes of the Government and other developmental organisations and Banks etc. They are required to answer basic queries from the public, related to schemes of the Government and banks etc., over the phone and wherever necessary escalate the call to the relevant authority by email and an SMS would be sent to the caller conveying the call id for future reference. 6.5 Every Call/Query received by the Udyami Helpline may be captured by the Call Centre agent by recording its basic contents, assigned a unique reference number for its tracking. 6.6 In addition to catering to inbound calls, the facilities of Call Centre may be leveraged by the Ministry for collection of feedback, over telephone call, from the beneficiaries of different schemes being implemented by the Ministry. Collection of feedback from trainees benefitted under the Scheme of assistance to Training Institutions (ATI) is presently being done by Udyami Helpline.. It is envisaged to add more schemes, in a phased manner, on similar lines for collecting feedback from the beneficiaries through Udyami Helpline. The number of seats in Udyami Helpline may accordingly be scaled up, if required. 6.7 In order to increase the outreach of Udyami Helpline, it is envisaged to add regional languages in the inbound calling portfolio, one each for Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi and Bengali.
7. Consultant Organization 7.1 A Consultant Organization, having relevant experience in providing Call Center Services and such other IT enabled services (ITES), would be awarded the work to run the operations of Udyami Helpline, on turn-key basis. 7.2 The responsibilities of such Consultant Organization, inter-alia, would include arrangement of built-up space, all IT/ telecom hardware required for the operations of Call Centre, the necessary software and hiring the personnel i.e. Call Center Agents (CCAs). A lump sum payment on per-seat per-shift basis would be paid to the Consultant Organization for maintaining the operations of Udyami Helpline. 7.3 The Consultant Organization would be responsible for maintaining the quality and up-time of Udyami Helpline and would be the single point of contact for the Ministry. 7.4 The said organization would also be responsible for creating and updating the QRF to be used by the Call Center Agents and conducting on-site class room trainings, wherever required, for the Call Centre Agents. 8. Monitoring and Evaluation 8.1 The progress of the scheme will be reviewed and monitored on a regular basis by the Ministry. The consolidated information and progress report compiled by the Udyami Mitra Cell will be placed before the Screening cum Monitoring Committee in the Ministry for review and analysis. 8.3 The scheme would be evaluated by an independent agency to assess its success/impact and to ascertain constraints/shortcomings, if any, at the end of XlIth Plan.

Scheme of Merit cum means based scholarship to students belonging to minority communities

Number of scholarship
Every year 20000 scholarships will be distributed among the students of minority communities throughout the country.
Conditions for Scholarship
i)          Financial assistance will be given to pursue degree and/or post graduate level technical and professional courses from a recognized institution.   Maintenance allowance will be credited to the student’s account.  The course fee will be paid by the State Department directly to the institute concerned.  
ii)         Students who get admission to a college to pursue technical/professional courses, on the basis of a competitive examination will be eligible for the scholarship.
iii)        Students who get admission in   technical/professional courses without facing any competitive examination will also be eligible for scholarship.  However, such students should have not less than 50% marks at higher secondary/graduation level. Selection of these students will be done strictly on merit basis.
iv)    Continuation of the scholarship in subsequent years will depend on successful completion of the course during the preceding year. 
v)         A scholarship holder under this scheme will not avail any other scholarship/stipend for pursuing the course. 
vi)        The annual income of the beneficiary/parent or guardian of beneficiary should not exceed Rs.2.50 lakh from all sources.
vii)       The state department will advertise the scheme every year latest by 31st March and receive the application through the concerned institutions.
viii)      After scrutinizing the applications, the state department will prepare a consolidated budget for all eligible students and send an application in the prescribed pro-forma for release of fund from the Ministry of Minority Affairs for distribution of scholarship giving the details of each students viz. name, permanent address, telephone number, annual course fee, name & address of institute, whether hostler or day-scholar, etc.
ix)        The application for release of fund from the state department must be received in the Ministry by 30th of September every year.
x)         The state department will maintain separate bank account and records relating to the funds received from the Ministry and they will be subjected to inspection by the officers of the Ministry or any other agency designated by the Ministry.
xi)        The fund for distribution of scholarship in subsequent year will be released after receiving the utilization certificate for the previous year.  Annual inspection by the officers of the Ministry or any other agencies designated by the Ministry will also be carried out.
xii)       30% scholarship will be reserved for girls of each minority community in a state which is transferable to male student of that community in case of non-availability of female candidate in that community in the concerned state.
xiii)      If the target for distribution of scholarship to a particular minority community in a state/UT is not fulfilled, it will be distributed among the same minority community of other States/UTs strictly in accordance with the merit.
xiv)     A student residing in a particular State/UT will be entitled for scholarship under    the quota of that State/UT only irrespective of his place of study.
xv)     The number of scholarship has been fixed state-wise on the basis of minority population of the states/UTs.  Within the state-wise allocations, the applications from reputed institutions will be exhausted first.  The list of such institutions will be made available by the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
xvi)      The scheme will be evaluated at regular intervals and the cost of the evaluation will be borne by the Ministry of Minority Affairs under the provision of the scheme. An additional provision of 3% of the total budget will be made to meet the administrative and allied costs viz. expenditure on monitoring of the scheme, impact study, evaluation study, purchase of office equipments, engaging of contract employees, if necessary and other expenditure to run the cell etc. This will be shared between the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India and the State Governments/UT Administration.   
Rate of Scholarship
The rate of scholarship will be as under :

Type of Financial Assistance
Rate for hostler
Rate for Day Scholar
Maintenance Allowance (For 10 months only)
Rs.10,000/-per annum 
( Rs.1000 p.m.)
Rs.5,000/- per annum.
( Rs.500 p.m.)

Course Fee* 
Rs.20,000/- per annum or Actual whichever is less
  Rs.20,000/- per annum or Actual whichever is less 

* Full course fee will be reimbursed for eligible institutions listed at Annexure-III .