Importance of Skilling India's Youth

Shri Narendra modi ji
"India's youthful manpower, a result of the demographic dividend, need to be provided with skills and ability to tackle global challenges. The more we give importance to skill development the more competent youth will be. It is important to predict the possibilities of the future, and prepare for them today itself. We have to make India the skill capital of the world." - Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.
Shri C.K. Mishra ji
"A Huge gap exists between the need (demand) and availability (supply) of skill sets, both cognitive and practical, at various levels in the Environment, and Forest sectors in India. However, most of the vocational training programmes focus on mechanical/technical skills rather than 'soft' skills or 'green' skills. The Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) aims to fill this gap. It enhances the employability of people in jobs that contribute to preseving or restoring the quality of the environment, while improving human well-being and social equity." - Shri C.K Mishra, Secretary, Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

About GSDP

Most vocational training programmes focus on mechanical/technical skills rather than ‘soft’ or ‘green’ skills. Green skills contribute to preserving or restoring environmental quality for sustainable future and include jobs that protect ecosystems and biodiversity, reduce energy and minimize waste and pollution. In line with the Skill India Mission of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) utilising the vast network and expertise of ENVIS Hubs/RPs, has taken up an initiative for skill development in the environment and forest sector to enable India's youth to get gainful employment and/or self-employment, called the Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP). The programme endeavours to develop green skilled workers having technical knowledge and commitment to sustainable development, which will help in the attainment of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), National Biodiversity Targets (NBTs), as well as Waste Management Rules (2016). The first GSDP course was formulated for skilling Biodiversity Conservationists (Basic Course) and Para-taxonomists (Advance Course) of 3 months duration each, on a pilot basis in ten select districts of the country (covering nine bio-geographic regions). 94 Trainees successfully completed the basic course qualifying as skilled Biodiversity Conservationists and 152 Trainees completed the Advanced Course qualifying as skilled Para-taxonomists. BSI and ZSI were the nodal Centres for the pilot programme.

Background

India being the second most populous country in the world is bestowed with a large working population. India has advantage of reaping this demographic dividend. However, high drop-out rates from school coupled with poor vocational skills may hinder in reaping this dividend. There exists a demand supply gap of skill sets, both cognitive and practical, at various levels in the Environment/ Forest fields in India

Opportunities

The candidates completing the Course(s) may be employed gainfully in the zoos/wildlife sanctuaries/national parks/ biosphere reserves/ Botanical Gardens/Nurseries/wetland sites/ State Biodiversity Boards/Biodiversity Management Committees/Wildlife Crime Control Bureau; industries (involved in production/ manufacturing of green products, as ETP operator); tourism (as Nature/Eco-tourist Guides), agriculture (as organic farmers/ green practitioners), education & research sectors as well as engage in waste management (in Municipal Corporations/ Councils/Urban Local bodies to advise on how to improve sewage, sanitation, land use services/ tackle pollution), water management, construction related areas, etc. Some of the courses enable the candidates to become self-employed.

Achievements

The first GSDP course was formulated for skilling Biodiversity Conservationists (Basic Course) and Para-taxonomists (Advance Course) of 3 months duration each, on a pilot basis in ten select districts of the country (covering nine bio-geographic regions). 94 Trainees successfully completed the basic course qualifying as skilled Biodiversity Conservationists and 152 Trainees completed the Advanced Course qualifying as skilled Para-taxonomists. BSI and ZSI were the nodal Centres for the pilot programme.

Student's View

Success Stories

GSDP student Virender has developed his own nursery and by using plantation techniques he raised 100 saplings of Ber (Ziziphus nummularia ) and many farmers approached to purchase at Rs 30/- each. He himself treated seeds and prepared saplings by using vermicompost manure.
Mr. Madan Lal a GSDP participant is producing his own biocompost using skills learnt during ENVIS WII course and has cultivated rice and vegetables completely organically using this compost. Also he has established his own fishery now..
Dehra Dun centre - Sri Suraj Kumar is selected in the D/o Genomics, FRI, Dehradun as Project Assistant .
Shri. Shreeraman delivered many lectures on various aspects of biodiversity to the school students at Aralam WLS Kannur district.