The Government of India has set an ambitious target for providing skill training to 500 million of its youth by 2022, which in line with the estimated demand for skilled manpower over the next decade.
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana(DDU-GKY),the skill training and placement program of the Ministry of Rural Development(MoRD), occupies a unique position amongst other skill training programmes, due to its focus on the rural poor youth and its emphasis on sustainable employment through the prominence and incentives given to post-placement tracking, retention and career progression.
DDU-GKY follows a 3-tier implementation model.The DDU-GKY National Unit at MoRD functions as the policy-making,technical support and facilitation agency. The DDU-GKY State Missions provide implementation support; and the Project Imlementing Agencies(PIAs) implement the programme through skilling and placement projects.
In the line with NSQF, DDU-GKY mandates independent third party assessment and certification by assessment bodies empanelled by the NCVT or SSCs.