Bhopal, September 19, 2016: AISECT, which is India’s leading Social Enterprise working in the areas of Skill Development, Higher Education, Financial Inclusion and other ICT based services,is gearing up for the 2016 edition of its nationwide Kaushal Vikas Yatra, to be held in partnership with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

AISECT-NSDC Kaushal Vikas Yatra 2016 is a nationwide initiative across 275 districts in 19 states.These states include Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Orissa, Jammu & Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Sikkim and Kerala. This Yatra will cover 478 locations in 26 days. The aim is to educate and mobilize around 1 lakh students about the Government’s Skill India Mission and also about the skilling projects being executed by AISECT in partnership with various Departments and Ministries of the Central and State Governments. It also intends to make the youth aware of the need of skill development in the nation for its sound economic growth.

As per AISECT’s Director Mr. Siddharth Chaturvedi, “This is the sixth year when we will be conducting the Kaushal Vikas Yatra as an integral part of our efforts to promote skill development at the grassroots level areas of the country. Ever since the launch of the Skill India Mission, we have also used the Yatra as a platform to propagate the various initiatives being introduced by the Government under this scheme. In order for our nation to realize our Prime Minister’s dream of making India the skill capital of the world, awareness needs to be created and skills need to be developed even in the remotest corners of the country. I hope that the Kushal Vikas Yatra will enhance this process and enable more and more people to become trained and be a part of India’s skilled workforce.”

AISECT focuses on providing vocational education to people from all sections of the society at the small town, district, block and panchayat level areas.The Group has also integrated skill development in the higher education framework through its universities – the Dr C.V. Raman University in Chhattisgarh, the AISECT University in Madhya Pradesh and the newly launched campus of AISECT University in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand.

AISECT, which has a widespread network of over 23,000 Skill Knowledge Provider Centres across the country, has forged a partnership with NSDC with an aim to impart skills-based training to over 13 lakh people within 10 years. To fulfil this objective, AISECT not only works closely with the Government for various skilling projects, but has also launched 12 academies through which it offers over 150 university certified undergraduate, postgraduate, certificate and diploma courses in areas like IT & Management, Hardware & Networking, Teacher Training, Telecom Skills, Retail Management, Agriculture, Insurance, Banking & Finance, Textile Training, Fire Safety & Security, Livelihood & Vocational Training and Auto Skills. Creating awareness about the importance of skills in enhancing the job prospects of the youth is an important aspect of the AISECT-NSDC partnership and the Kaushal Vikas Yatra is a key step towards awareness generation.