Misdirected skills? PMKVY program compromised.

In a country that is displaying statistics of one of the fastest growing economies globally, some people seem to have taken a shorter path to fame-and money.

The Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana was an initiative by the Indian Prime Minister (launched in June 2015) to provide a boost to skills development through a government sponsored training program. Armed with a sizeable budget, the development of skills development centres, as well as selection of trainers and trainees commenced.

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Was the concept good? It definitely had the making of a program, if implemented successfully, would have upgraded the skills of millions, who would then have become improved contributors to their personal-and the nation’s-wealth.

Looking at the impact it would have had in conjunction with a rural health development program, trainees would have been able to acquire skills that would have contributed greatly to improving access to healthcare. Many of the candidates who applied were from peri urban and rural settings, and their natural affinity to return to their home towns or villages, armed with new skills, would have been truly a boon.

In summary, a classic case of skills being applied in a completely different context, with no concern of what it does for the good of society.