National University Students' Skill Development Programme, a pan India programme was conceived to enhance the employability of graduates in rural universities of India. The programme may transform the employment-scape in rural India and encourage rural entrepreneurship with an objective of inclusive development.
Spread across three academic years, the programme aims to reach 50,500 students by 2016. Students from the universities of 9 states- Maharashtra, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha and 11 universities shall engage in courses focused on skill-development along with practical training for the same on weekends to earn certificates attesting the skill learnt. This skill certificate/diploma shall be in addition to the Bachelors degree they shall obtain at the end of their university education. While Foundation courses like legal, financial and digital literacy, along with English and communication are compulsory for all in the introductory year, some may at the later stage, opt to earn expertise in marketing and insurance of crops.