Skilling and Entrepreneurship: Challenges and Concerns
Skill development is critically important for making gainful use of India’s demographic advantage of youth – working age population ASEED being a part of this movement of enabling youth has overcome many challenges to encourage entrepreneurship through skill training
Productivity and formal employment generation depends upon availability of adequately skilled labour force. As our general education system is despairingly deficient in providing skill training we need a range of strategy to address the issue of skill deficit through technical and vocational education, career guidance, life skills and training schemes along with on the job training in both formal and informal sector. Entrepreneurship education can further add to foster new opportunities for decent job creation.
Entrepreneurship Training for teachers and youth across selected states in UP, Bihar and Uttrakhand was connected with ASEED’s innovating learning design and where faculty development intervention was envisaged well in advance. Large number of young boys and girls were trained to build their pipedream to step in to start up process.
Learning to Learn: We know it very well that learning is not knowing .Knowing is not understanding. Neither skilling oneself is learning .However skilling and learning appears very close to each other in day to day practicing world . Skilling India has assumed critical significance in todays context . Those who learn to self- empower and scale up their skilling have learnt to transfer their knowledge thereby enhance their employability role efficacy. ASEED Innovative learning centre has spread its wings on skilling project in Bihar and other geographical parts of India. Learning innovatively is part of the process where several master trainers are working hard to attain their excellence to meet standard set by NSDC on quality skill for enhanced employability.
Ensuring Food Security through System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Bhagalpur/Bhojpur District ,Bihar
Ensuring food security through intense cultivation programme was our early intervention in selected district so of BIHAR . NABARD and apex development bank of Government of India had long association partnership with ASEED in Bhagalpur and Bhojpur district led us experiment on selected grass root intervention .In fact , Aseed Multi skill Training Institute in (Bhojpur) Bihar was set up by ASEED national body in location of Bihar Industrial Development Authority ( BIADA ) Government of Bihar – a prestigious infrastructural body .Government of India Food Processing Industry ,NSTEDB and NABARD extended it partnership with ASEED skill centre to set up first private Food processing learning center in Bhjojpur Bihar .
Large number programmes were taken up in Bihar on Handloom cluster in partnership and support of Development commissioner (handlooms) Government of India , NIESBUD , Planning Commission Govt of India and state government initiative on -entrepreneurship development and self- employment programme in several districts of Bihar . Youth attending the multi skilling -courses on various domain to help undergo soft skills modular intervention as a part of our bridge courses as well . ASEED has already taken series of Domain skilling courses in recent past in selected region .
FINCI :Food Industry Capacity and Skill Initiative has a certified ASEED national learning center to take up series of learning prograamme for emerging food sector entrenpreneurs for different kind enterprises .
Food processing sector and its certification programme has been launched by ASEED in leadership of Ministry of Food processing Industry GOI .ASEED Innovative learning center -centre of entrepreneurship and skilling has been chosen as National service provider and National training partner to educate “Food processing Agro- Entrepreneurs “to help upgrade their quality standardisation and build their orientation towards quality services and product delivery to consumers . More than 150 such small entrepreneurs have been trained so far in different batches “ It is done under FoSTaC – Food Safety Training and Certification under banner of FSSAI(Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) and FICSI
Food processing sector /Medicinal and aromatic plant enterprises :
Food processing sector enterprises are known as sun rise sector . ASEED has it is learning /skilling centre in Bihar -popularly known as ASEED Multi multi skill training Institute .
It is one of first few small scale training centre that has created more than hundreds of food process centric enterprises for self help group bodies and small entrepreneurs. Bhojpur region has taken a surge of such micro enterprises over the years where some of them have been awarded by state government . More than 200 rural entrepreneurs were developed by ASEED as part of its early training intervention a decades ago through medicinal and aromatic plants cultivation in partnership with NSTEDB GOI support.
Some of them have already made a mark locally with their processing plant of their own .
Haryana Community Forestry with IFAD and NIFTEM University Partnership- Food processing Entrepreneurship programme.
In Haryana, the community forestry project which is organized in partnership with the European Union..Aseed took early grass root projects with IFAD partnership state women development corporation for several years .Mewat region in Haryana was its early experimental area under sponsorship of IFAD for quite some time where ASEED grass-root experiment made itself known for innovative work. National Development Foundation (NDF) was a leading no profit partner that selected our livelihood experiment for Mewat region of Haryana that implemented successfully.