The inauguration of National University Student Skill Development Programme, a scheme designed to produce employable graduates in rural universities in India, may change when, where and how they start their working lives. It may well create rural entrepreneurs and inclusive development
In the next three academic years, 50,000 students from universities from Aurangabad, Jalna, Ranchi and Raipur, among 10 others from nine states will take on extra classes and do practical training on weekends to earn an additional certificate alongside their Bachelors degree. While they will all learn legal, financial and digital literacy, along with English and communication, some may opt to earn expertise in marketing and insurance of crops. Those with medical aspirations could choose to learn skills to become Dialysis Technicians or take up Geriatric Care. A would-be fashion designer would not only learn about cuts and hemlines but also how to negotiate the right contract.