The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and All India Technical and Management Council (AITMC) launched "Earn While Learn" to educate and develop the skillset of over 1.5 million youth pan-India across industries, and provide them assured livelihood.
The initiative will be implemented in collaboration with industries and business owners, said Anil D Sahasrabudhe, chairman, AICTE. The plan is to create 1.5 million jobs in 550 districts of India within one year.
The initiative has been launched jointly by AICTE under MHRD, National Career Service under ministry of labour and employment and AITMC, a non-government organization.
The announcement was made a "Global Summit 2017" where Sahasrabudhe said: "Earn While Learn supports the skill India mission and will be creating 1.5 million jobs in 550 districts of India within a year.
Our vision is to develop local markets and address the requirements of rural India by educating youth residing in these districts and enabling them in developing and distributing products within their region. The initiative will uplift the standard of living in rural India by addressing critical challenges and livelihood issues."
The programme outlines the need to introduce new and innovative skills amount the youth increasing our economic growth and competitiveness. Avnish Ranga, general manager, AITMC said: "We will be training rural youth in macro technology to develop products that suit their region, thereby creating job opportunities for them. EWL will collaborate with industry leaders in creating these assembly facilities. These products will be assembled by young students and sold in the rural market, providing enhanced business opportunity for the industry, practical learning to the students, therefore, addressing challenges of the rural India such as fresh drinking water, transportation, electricity etc."
EWL has formed strategic partnerships with corporates and will be launching the initiative in 50 districts in June 2017 and 75 districts in July 2017. The first phase will be launched in collaboration with various higher educational institutional across the country.