Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Vocational Education students from Haryana Government Schools are being recruited by MNCs in the IT/ITES, Automotive, Security and Retail sectors. Over 134 students placed in MNCs like Marks & Spencer, Wipro Technologies, Tops, Peregrine, etc. Pilot Project under NSQF is a MHRD sanctioned project launched on 3rd September 2012, and driven by Govt. of Haryana (GoH) Directorate of Secondary Education. This successful program has grown from 8 districts and 40 schools to 21 districts and 240 schools covering over 25,000 students. Wadhwani Foundation has partnered with GoH as a Program Management and Knowledge Partner to support the State Govt in irrespective of Secondary and Senior Secondary Education. The objective is to prepare the students for this competitive world as per industry standards.
Haryana State Government’s Education Department along with its NSQF Program Management & Knowledge Partner, Wadhwani Foundation (WF), today jointly announced the fresh placement of over 134 students as part of the ongoing Pilot Project under NSQF launched under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt of India. National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and trade specific sector skill councils played a key role along with Directorate of Secondary Education, Haryana and Wadhwani Foundation in the process of placement.
Haryana promises to provide value education, quality teaching and research to the aspirant learners of the state. State is working on developing employability in students and the first state to pilot the National Skills Qualifications Framework, was launched on 3rd September 2012, in Haryana, in 40 schools across 8 districts reaching over more than 5000 students, targeted Secondary and Senior Secondary Schools. NSQF focuses on teaching outcome based employment-oriented courses to students of classes IX to XII where students also undergo training in functional English to work & communicate effectively at their work place.
At this highly successful placement of students under NSQF Haryana, Smt. Surina Rajan, Additional Chief Secretary (School Education) said, “The only way of expanding skill training is to foray in mainstream education. NSQF has opened window of opportunities for secondary school students in Haryana. The program benefits students at grassroots level and improves their future and its success is firmly established by the success of the graduating students getting employment in organized sector. I must thank the tireless and selfless efforts of the entire State Team for driving this effort along with NSDC, SSC and our Program Management & Knowledge Partner, Wadhwani Foundation, without whose support it would have been difficult to show commendable results in such quick time. I also thank our industry partners who have shown exemplary commitment and vision in undertaking such path-breaking recruitment.”
Because of this successful program, many State Governments have started implementation or are in planning stage for introducing and mainstreaming vocational education in secondary schools. The recruiting companies were extremely impressed with the students’ capabilities.
Mr. Neeraj Sharma, HR Manager, Big Bazaar Retail said, “These students are extremely hard working and readily employable. We, in fact, get to save up on the 30 days we normally take to train new recruits and that works well for employers like us.”
NSQF Haryana has proved that an enabling environment to students for preparing them for academic, educational, technical, social, recreational, and workplace readiness can be game changer. Viewing the importance of the Skilled manpower as a need of hour the State Government moved a ahead and facilitated to implement the STAR Scheme of Ministry of Finance, GoI by providing the existing infrastructure by way of Lab, Faculty, etc to extend the benefit of the scheme to school dropouts, pass outs and other existing schools students.
About Wadhwani Foundation:
Founded in 2003 by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, the Foundation’s primary mission is economic acceleration of emerging economies. The Foundation embarked upon its mission in India first, and subsequently, the Foundation has expanded into the U.S and other countries.
In India, with an expected growth of 250-300 million people joining the workforce by 2022, large scale job creation has became the primary imperative for the country. Also, as India’s population grows young, most advanced nations of the world are growing old, offering India an opportunity to become the global talent supplier. Catalyzing job creation and skill development become the two primary target areas of focus for the Foundation.
During the last decade, Wadhwani Foundation has launched five niche, high impact Initiatives in India. These include promoting entrepreneurial and employment skills, tapping the educated disabled, encouraging innovation and driving policy changes to jump-start economic opportunities. To address persistently high youth and displaced-worker unemployment in the U.S, Wadhwani Foundation launched the ‘Race to a Job’ initiative in 2012.
About Skill Development Network
Launched in 2011 by The Wadhwani Foundation, Skill Development Network (SDN) aims to:
- Revolutionize skill development by leveraging technology to create millions of skilled manpower.
- Over the next decade, SDN aims to skill 5 million youth, create 50 high demand job based programs and work closely with over 50,000 teachers.
- Currently, there are millions of jobs that are not filled and huge resources are spent due to fresh graduates not being job ready.
- To bridge the massive skill gap, SDN has launched ‘Race to A Job’ program which embraces technology as an enabler to jobs-driven and learner-centric training, both in India and the U.S.
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