HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the SHREYAS scheme on Wednesday to provide industry-specific apprenticeship opportunities to fresh graduates. This initiative will help graduates to polish their skills directly from industry experts which could bring India closer to its aim of skilling its youth population to make them more employable. “The education with skills is the need of the hour and the SHREYAS will be a major effort in this direction to make our degree students more skilled, capable, employable and aligned to the needs of our economy so that they contribute to country’s progress and also obtain gainful employment,” said Javadekar.
Details about the SHREYAS scheme
- The full name of SHREYAS is Scheme for Higher Education Youth in Apprenticeship and Skills.
- The program basket includes the initiatives of three central ministries, including the HRD, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, and the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
- The apprenticeship scheme has been introduced for degree course students mainly for those studying non-technical courses to update them with employable skills as part of their education.
- The SHREYAS scheme will promote apprenticeship as an important part of education and also tie-up the government’s employment building efforts into the education system.
- With the SHREYAS portal, educational institutions and industry personnel can log in and provide their respective demand and supply of apprenticeship.
- Pre-specified eligibility criteria will be noted as part of the SHREYAS scheme and students will be matched on the basis of these with their apprenticeship avenues.
- These apprenticeship courses will be available to them from academic year April-May, 2019.
- More than 40 higher educational institutions have already been tied up for taking up embedded apprenticeship courses.