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Empowering an Agrarian Economy with PMKY-RPL

IL&FS Skills is implementing RPL in Agriculture Sector for Dairy Farmer/Entrepreneur, Tuber Crop Cultivator and Maize Cultivator Job Roles

Chhapra: Saran, in Bihar, has agriculture as its main source  of  livelihood. Livestock  is  very  important  here, with a  predominantly agricultural economy. Dairy  farming  is  largely  practiced  as  a  traditional  backyard  activity  and  it represents  a  considerable  share  of  income  even  for  the  poor  households  in  cases where  household  with  only  dairy  income  is  considered  and  Saran  is  also  one  of such district of Bihar.

Although  Saran  is  positioned  to  leverage  the  opportunities,  farmers  practicing dairy  farming,  paddy,  wheat,  maize  and  tuber  crop  cultivation  are  reportedly constrained due to structural and skill related gaps and other external factors also. Further, the demand for maize and tuber crops is on the rise, and Saran district is endowed with deep, flat and fertile soil capable of sustaining crop production. In  view  of  these and  to  ensure  sustainable  means  of  livelihoods  for  the existing  farmers  by  means  of  up-skilling  and  enhanced  scope  for  better  price realization  of  their  produce,  it  has  been  envisaged by the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) to structure a suitable Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for these experienced farmers.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) aims to align the competencies of the unregulated workforce of the country to National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF), which is a competency based framework that organizes all qualifications according to a series of levels of knowledge, skills and aptitude. RPL is a platform to provide recognition to the informal learning or learning through work to get equal acceptance as the formal levels of education.

The programme aims to impart skills training for existing workers to align the competencies of the unregulated workforce to the NSQF under PMKVY RPL scheme. RPL focuses on enhancing the career/ employability opportunities of an individual as well as provide alternative routes to greater standards of living through skill enhancement. It also envisages providing opportunities for reducing inequalities based on certain privileged forms of knowledge over others. It is a process of assessment of an individual’s prior learning to give due importance to learning as an outcome rather than learning as a process.

IL&FS Skills has been allotted a target to train 10,000 farmers, including both men and women, in Saran district of Bihar, belonging to socially marginalized communities. Post completion of training, the farmers will be certified by Agriculture Skill Council of India (ASCI).

IL&FS Skills has already conducted the RPL program for multiple sectors including Agriculture, Apparel, Construction, Leather, Handicrafts & Carpet, Security, Tourism & Hospitality, RPL of Rashtrapati Bhawan employees, CRFP Jawans and street vendors through FSSAI in past as well, under the aegis of NSDC, and MSDE. This initiative of RPL under the PMKVY is expected to enable a large number of Indian youth to take  up  industry-relevant  skill  training, which  will  help  them  secure  a  better livelihood.

With the completion of the program, IL&FS Skills, a joint initiative of IL&FS Education & National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC), organized a certificate distribution ceremony for successful trainees of PMKVY RPL in Agriculture Sector for Dairy Farmer/Entrepreneur, Tuber Crop Cultivator and Maize Cultivator Job Roles at the Community Center, Amnour, Chappra, Bihar. Fifteen successful trainees were awarded certificates by Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Member of Parliament and former Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; Neelam Pratap Singh; C N Gupta, MLA, Chhapra; Anu Singh, BJP Mahila Morch President; Bhawana Verma, Representative, NSDC; and Rohit Kumar, SDO Amnour, Chhapra.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme in the agriculture sector under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), the flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), was launched at Ishrauli Bazar, Madhora, Saran, Bihar on February 22 2018.   The ceremony was attended by Dr. Prem Kumar, Minister of Agriculture, Government  of  Bihar,  Gyan  Chandra  Manjhi,  Ex-MLA,  Garkha  and  Vinay  Singh,  Ex  MLA,  Sonpur.  The ceremony was attended by Ms.  Bhawana Verma, Official from NSDC, Mr.  Amit Verma, officials from ASCI, local panchayat members, mukhiyas from villages of across Chhapra. Participants included  over  1000  people , including  RPL  trainees,  community  members,  media and  members  of  IL&FS  Skills  regional  team  in  Bihar.

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