Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana: The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) announced the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) on Antyodaya Diwas – 25th September 2014. DDU-GKY is a part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), tasked with the dual objectives of adding diversity to the incomes of rural poor families and cater to the career aspirations of rural youth.
- Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana is uniquely focused on rural youth between the ages of 15 and 35 years from poor families.
- As a part of the Skill India campaign, it plays an instrumental role in supporting the social and economic programs of the government like the Make In India, Digital India, Smart Cities and Start-Up India, Stand-Up India campaigns.
- Over 180 million or 69% of the country’s youth population between the ages of 18 and 34 years, live in its rural areas. Of these, the bottom of the pyramid youth from poor families with no or marginal employment number about 55 million.
- The vision of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) is to transform rural poor youth into an economically independent and globally relevant workforce.
- The National Policy for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship 2015 has identified a skills gap of 109.73 million in 24 key sectors by the year 2022.
- This number cannot be achieved without addressing the 55 million from rural India.
- Also, a FICCI and Ernst – Young study published in 2013 identified a shortage of over 47 million skilled workers across the globe by 2020.
- DDU-GKY is present in 28 States and UTs, across 689 districts, impacting youth from over 7,426 blocks.
- It currently has over 1,575 projects being implemented by over 717 partners, in more than 502 trades from 50 industry sectors.
- Over 9 Lakh candidates have been trained and over 5.3 Lakh candidates have been placed in jobs as on 1st April, 2020.
- The DDU-GKY projects are market linked and implemented in PPP mode.
- DDU-GKY has mandated a minimum of 160 hours of training in soft skills, function English and computer literacy.
- Provision of a Tablet PC per candidate at the training centre. This enables candidates to learn at their own pace.
- Presence of Computer Labs and e-Learning at Training Centres, to ensure that all candidates have access to a wider curricula and adequate learning opportunities.
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana: FAQs
Q. What is Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana?
Ans. The demand-driven placement-linked skill training initiative of the Ministry of Rural Development,Government of India (MoRD)
Q. When was Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana launched on?
Ans. DDU-GKY was launched on 25 September 2014 by Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Venkaiah Naidu on the occasion of 98th birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.
Q. Which Ministry initiative is Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana?
Ans. Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India (MoRD)
Q. In how many states and UT Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana is implemented?
Ans. 28 States and UTs, across 689 districts, impacting youth from over 7,426 blocks.
Q.What is the full form of DDU-GKY?
Ans. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana
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