• On September 17, 2021, railways minister Ashwini Vaishnav launched a program under the aegis of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas yojana named rail Kaushal Vikas yojana.
  • As a part of 75 years of independence ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, entry-level training will be provided to the youth in industry-relevant skills through railway training institutes, under-rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana.
  • Training will be provided to 50,000 candidates over 3 years, under-rail Kaushal Yojana.
  • Initially, the training will be provided to 1000 candidates in four trades – welder, electrician, fitter, and machinist.
  • From across the country, a total of 75 railway training institutes have been shortlisted to provide training.
  • It will be completely free of cost and the participants will be selected based on online applications.
  • Based on marks in matriculation, the selection process will follow a transparent mechanism.
  • Regarding the information of training programs, a single source nodal website will be developed where you will get notification inviting application, selection results, selected candidate list, study material, and final assessment.
  • All trainees after completion of their training will be awarded certificates and will have to undergo a standardized assessment in their respective trade by the National Rail & Transportation Institute.
  • For helping them utilize their learnings and enhance their capacity, they will also be given toolkits.
  • 10th pass candidates and ages between 18 and 35are eligible to apply.
  • Based on the training, the training participants will not be able to seek employment.
  • The main aim of this yojana is to bring qualitative improvement and to impart training skills to the youth in various trades.
  • This will provide a major boost to skill India mission.
  • This will improve the employability of youth as well as upgrade the skills of self-employers.

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