Competitive skills, lower costs

To ensure abundant availability of trained human resources, Rajasthan's constant endeavour is to build as well as support the growth of a robust educational infrastructure. The State ranks fourth among all states in India with 45 universities on total of number of universities. Rajasthan has 7% of all universities in the country (Deloitte survey on higher education 2014). The annual intake capacity of technical institutes in the state is over 355 thousand students (this includes ITIs, Polytechnic and Engineering colleges).

The State also houses many prestigious academic institutions for higher education such as BITS (Birla Institute of Technology & Science). There are also several well-known institutions set up in the State like IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), FDDI (Footwear Design & Development Institute), NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology) and IIM (Indian Institute of Management).

The State was also awarded the prestigious Gold Trophy for the Best State in Skill Development by ASSOCHAM. Recognising that skill development has a direct link with employability, Rajasthan was the first State in India to actively implement strategies to address the challenges of unemployment by establishing a Mission on Livelihood. This Mission implements innovative activities to facilitate livelihood generation on a large scale.

Rajasthan seeks to skill 15 lakh youth in five years. It has set a target of imparting skill training to 1.5 lakh youth every year as part of the Short-term Skill Training Programme. The State is also going to make a significant contribution to the Skill India campaign, which aims to train 400 million youth by 2022.

The State Government has undertaken several policy-level initiatives to achieve its goals in skilling. It has set up a Department of Skills Employment & Entrepreneurship (SEE) to facilitate the creation of a skilled workforce that meets the present and future requirements of employers across industries.

Both short-term skill training and long-term vocational training have strong industry linkages. Some of the focus sectors for skill development are agriculture, animal husbandry, hospitality, medical & nursing, handicrafts, fashion design, textile & apparel, automotive, retail, banking & commerce, media & telecom, and beauty & wellness.

Alliances have also been forged for skill development with private sector companies like Toyota, Cairn, Raymond, Samsung, Pidilite, Bosch, Caterpillar, and Narayana Hrudalaya, amongst others.