Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana, a programme under the umbrella of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, was inaugurated today by Ashwini Vaishnav, Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics, and Information Technology (PMKVY).
Over the course of three years, Indian Railways would train 50000 applicants. The training will be given to 1000 people at first.
The training will be offered in four trades: electrician, welder, machinist, and fitter, and will consist of a 100-hour first basic instruction. Based on regional demands and needs assessments, zonal railroads and production units will introduce training programmes in other trades.
The training will be given free of charge, and participants will be chosen from online applications using a transparent process based on matriculation marks.
Candidates who have completed the tenth grade and are between the ages of 18 and 35 are eligible to apply. Participants in the programme, however, will not be able to work for the railways as a result of their training.
The curriculum of the programme
Banaras Locomotive Works, the scheme’s nodal PU, created the programme curriculum and will also standardise evaluations and manage a consolidated database of enrollees. The programme will initially serve 1000 people and will go above and beyond the training given to apprentices under the Apprentice Act of 1961. A nodal website is being created to serve as a single source of information about the programmes available, as well as notifications inviting applications, lists of chosen applicants, selection results, final assessments, study materials, and other data. Applicants may now apply in response to local advertising in the first round. On a consolidated website, online application submission will be available shortly.
Upon completion of their programme, trainees will be required to take a standardised examination and will be granted a certificate in the allocated trade by the National Rail & Transportation Institute.
They will also be given Toolkits that are relevant to their trade, which will assist these trainees in putting their knowledge to good use and enhancing their potential for self-employment as well as employability in a variety of sectors.
A total of 75 railway training institutions from throughout the nation have been chosen to offer instruction in the aforementioned trades to youngsters from all across the country. Through re-skilling and up-skilling, the programme will not only enhance the employability of the young but will also contribute to the Skill India Mission by upgrading the abilities of self-employed people and those who deal with contractors.