Deen Dayal Upadhaya - Grameen Kaushalya Yojana

Deen Dayal Upadhaya - Grameen Kaushalya Yojana
Deen Dayal Upadhaya Grameen kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) is the flagship placement linked skill training programme under the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD). Announced on September 23, 2014 , DDU-GKY is a critical component of the National Skill Development policy.

The ultimate aim is to convert India's demographic surplus into a demographic divided by developing rural India into a globally preferred source of skilled labour.

Scheme corpus is Rs.1500 crore.

The scheme will also benefit more than 55 million poor rural youth who are ready to be skilled by providing sustainable employment.

DDU-GKY is a pioneer in standards - led delivery of skilling in India , the first to notify standard operating procedures for training and the first to introduce IT solution for skilling, including mandatory tablets for trainees, Aadhar -linked biometric information on attendance and gro-tagged time- stamped record of training centers and classes.


To reduce poverty by enabling poor for households to access gainful and sustainable employment through employment  that  provides a regular  wage.

Guiding Principles

  1. There is a strong  demand for economic opportunities  among  the poor , as well as immense opportunities in terms of developing their  work abilities.
  2. Social mobilization, as well a network of strong institutions are essential in order to develop India 's demographic surplus  into a dividend.
  3. Quality  and standards are paramount in the delivery of skills, in order to make the rural poor desirable to both Indian and global employers.

Key  Features 

The DDU-GKY is a market led, placement- linked  training program for the rural youth, undertaken  through the PPP by project Implementing Agencies (PIA)
PIAs are  mandated  to assure placement  to 75 per cent to candidates  trained by them. The  focus of these programmes is on the rural youth from  poor families  in the age group of 15 to 35 years , belonging to :

  1. Socially disadvantaged  groups - 50 per cent  allocation to SC/ST groups, 15 percent to minorities and 33 per cent for women.
  2. The programme promote the prime Minister's Make in India 's Campaign through Industry Internships, supported by joint partnership between industry Internship, supported by joint partnerships between industry and DDU-GKY.
  3. DDU-GKY is applicable to the entire country. By  training holistic, job-ready candidates  to simultaneously meet  our  objectives of economic growth and  poverty alleviation under the DDU-GKY strategy, helping industries prosper grow, not just nationally but on a global level.

Transparency  and accountability through:

  1. Geo- tagged time stamped biometric attendance based on unique ID for trainers and trainees.
  2. Online check of inventory available for training in every Training centre
  3. CCTV and Audio recording of all classroom and lab sessions.
  4. Reporting of performance on real time basis.

Image source - Indian Express

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