The lack of job-related skill development in Jammu and Kashmir stresses the need for framing a quick absorbing policy. Tapping the indigenous skills will open new vistas for the young men running for the jobs in government and the so-called private sector in the Union Territory. The skill and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development of any country. The economy becomes more productive, innovative and competitive through the existence of more skilled human potential. The level of employment, its composition, and the growth in employment opportunities are the critical indicators of the process of development in any economy. Skill development has been a great challenge for Jammu and Kashmir. Increasing pace of globalisation and technological changes provide both challenges and growing opportunities for economic expansion and job creation. Govt has to refocus on exploring new opportunities for promoting entrepreneurship, which otherwise have not been taken care of till date to boost in high growth and emerging sectors. The fledgling growth is a matter of concern and the fate of skill development looks not that bright though the state government is trying to revive by adopting a methodology to bridge the skill gaps in order to ensure employability. The targeted sectors include agriculture and allied, food processing, auto-servicing, banking, financial services and insurance, construction, handloom and handicrafts, trade, hotels and restaurants, textiles and clothing, transport, storage and communication and chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The objective of the Skill Empowerment and Employment (SEE) project is to provide options and opportunities to all youth in J&K, ranging from school dropouts to college educated, to select training programme for salaried or self- employment as per their interest. Prime Minister Narendra Modi batted for replicating Jammu and Kashmir’s skill development initiative ‘Himayat’ throughout the country. At that time state government had urged the Centre that ‘Himayat’ should be extended and its guidelines be brought in line with ‘Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana’ so that a large portion of the employable youth population can be absorbed for economic upliftment.
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