Hon’ble Prime Minister of India interacts with DDU-GKY candidates and SHG women on 12 August at 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM

During the “Atmanirbhar Narishakti se Samvad” under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM), the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with DDU-GKY candidates on 12th August 2021 at 12:30 PM via video conferencing. The interaction served as a great source of motivation for the candidates who attended the video conference from across the country.

MoRD explores a new horizon in DDU-GKY for rural youth through upskilling and reskilling

Ministry of Rural Development has recognised a need to expand the basket of choices in skilling for sustainable livelihood under DDU-GKY. Rural youth who have been placed need to be offered a career pathway and opportunities to grow, so that they are able to keep pace with the demands and changes in the industry. That said, there are also trainees who have dropped out of training, from jobs, etc., who would like to join the work force or should be offered an opportunity to work.

To this end, a committee has been constituted by the Ministry of Rural Development under the Chairmanship of Executive Director, DDU-GKY, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj. The committee has representation from skill training partners, and State Rural Livelihood Missions who implement the programme on the ground level and NABCONS.

Based on the mandate received from the Ministry dated 23 July 2021, the committee met every week in August, prepared and administered survey questionnaires for for eliciting responses on parameters associated with upskilling and reskilling from stakeholders, and conducted national level consultation with Sector Skill Council in August 2021. For the month of September, national level consultations with other Ministries that conduct skilling schemes, NSDC, SRLMs  and Industry partners were scheduled in order to understand the thought processes and prevalent practices in reskilling and upskilling.

Re-examine possibilities in reaping demographic dividend through reskilling and upskilling: Director General, NIRDPR addresses national level consultation with NSDC and Sector Skill Councils on upskilling and reskilling

Speaking at the national level consultation with National Skill Development Corporation and Sector Skill Councils organised by the committee constituted by MoRD for reskilling and upskilling, Dr G Narendra Kumar IAS, Director General, NIRDPR urged the audience to reap the demographic dividend with a sense of urgency and address the skill deficit being felt globally. He reminded the audience that the demographic dividend which is our current advantage is not going to be a phenomenon in the country forever and we need to seize the opportunity in a timely manner and make them a productive force.

The Director General advised the audience to treat upskilling and reskilling distinctly and frame customised approaches for these separately while framing the recommendations. He emphasised on the need for DDU-GKY to consider RPL in its framework to benefit rural India. DDU-GKY has come up to speed with IT interface through Kaushal Bharat that has to be leveraged in the process. The recently developed Kaushal Aapti App can play a major role in mapping interest and aptitude of youth to take up upskilling and reskilling in their interested job area. Maintaining whatsapp group of candidates trained and placed will help to inform them about upskilling opportunities being offered. The Director General also urged the NSDC and SSCs to consider a modular approach to reskilling and to guide and facilitate discussion further on curriculum, content and approaches to upskilling and reskilling for DDU-GKY.

Smt Vandana Bhatnagar, Chief Program Officer, NSDC suggested that insights from the RPL model can be drawn to develop a framework for reskilling and upskilling. Shri Manjit Nath, Deputy Head of RPL, NSDC threw light on need assessment, lessons to be learnt from RPL models, compensating wage loss if any during the learning phase, and a need to critically look at how reskilling and upskilling can tangible benefit the candidates in terms of livelihood.

CEOs and senior officials from various sector skill councils provided substantial directions and insights into the approaches to reskilling and upskilling for the committee to consider in its recommendations to the Ministry.

Independence Day Celebrated at NIRDPR

Independence Day was celebrated at NIRDPR on 15 August 2021 following COVID protocols. Dr G Narendra Kumar, IAS, Director General, NIRDPR hoisted the national flag as the Chief Guest and addressed the audience.

All of DDU-GKY staff enthusiastically participated in Rashtragaan, an initiative by the Ministry of Culture to mark Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and received their certificates.

Independence Day Address by the Director General, NIRDPR:

NIRDPR Film Festival Announced

NIRDPR Centre for Development Communication has announced its 5th National Film Festival 2021 on 19th November 2021.

Nominations are invited for submission of feature films/documentaries/short films made by amateur/professional film makers/documentary creators on the broad theme of Rural Development for screening and contest of films during the film festival on rural development.

The objective is to encourage artists/youth to document/develop films on development or social issues. Cash prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third best films.

For details, categories, duration and rules, visit:

Kaushal Pravesh: Induction to DDU-GKY Implementation conducted for Puducherry and Gujarat PIAs

Kaushal Pravesh: Induction to DDU-GKY Implementation training for new PIAs of Puducherry was conducted virtually from 03 – 06 August 2021 for Puducherry PIAs and from 10 – 13 August 2021 to Gujarat new PIAs by subject matter experts of DDU-GKY, NIRDPR. This training is delivered for newly onboarded PIAs or those PIA staff who are new to existing PIAs as an induction to help them get started with Project Implementation as per the SOP. The target audience for this Induction are Operations Head, Finance Head, MIS Head and Quality Heads of PIAs. A total of 40 participants from Puducherry and Gujarat participated in the training.

3 Years of Kaushal Salah for the year 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21

Kaushal Salah is an orientation on project application procedures of DDU-GKY to the CEOs of organizations that have received PRN and their staff involved in project application. A total of 34 training programmes were conducted for the last three years in which 969 participants attended from 711 different organizations. In the month of August 2021 Kaushal Salah was conducted from 24 – 27 August 2021.

Training Programmes conducted in August 2021

For the month of August 2021, a total of 22 training programmes conducted and 574 participants attended. The training sessions were delivered on various thematic areas of SOP such as Placement Verification Process, Financial Procedures, Centre Management, Quality Management, IT-Platform e-SOP. Major trainings were conducted on Kaushal Bharat for SRLM and PIAs.

Kaushal Bharat Training News

Training on “What’s new in Kaushal Bharat” was conducted on 04, 06, 12 & 13 August 2021, by the Kaushal Bharat team. Total number of trainings conducted 4.

Kaushal Bharat Refresher Training is a two days session for the SRLMs / TSAs and PIAs to revise the modules of Kaushal Bharat who have undergone the Kaushal Bharat training earlier. It was conducted on 10 – 11, 17 – 18 and 24 – 25 August 2021.

Another training on Kaushal Bharat Inspection Module was conducted on 20th and 27th August 2021 for SRLMs / TSA and PIAs.


The sixth batch of virtual PACE ToT was conducted form 16th – 27th August, 2021. This was the 1st PACE ToT that was delivered by DDU-GKY PACE accredited master trainers. Three master trainers from Jammu & Kashmir were selected to conduct the ToT. The Himayat Mission Management Unit provided with all the support whereas Gap Inc. PACE team lent guidance to the identified master trainers to smoothly conduct the virtual ToT.  A total of 19 trainers from 9 states were trainers out of which 6 trainers have been identified as potential master trainers and 13 have earned the PACE silver certification with their performance.

Mobilization Camp

To commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence, Hon. Prime Minister of India has launched ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’- a 75 week long cultural celebration through which it is expected that each ministry will conduct 75 different/unique activities. In this context, Ministry of Rural Development had decided to conduct Mobilization Camps from 13th to 19th August 2021 across the country.

Of the 1183 camps conducted, 602 camps were conducted in 18 States/UTs in which NIRDPR is CTSA, with full participation of various State Rural Livelihood Missions and Project Implementing Agencies.

The camp had representation from panchayats members, MLAs, local renowned/influential persons, SHG members and State government officials. Activities undertaken were awareness about skill training, Trade-wise job role details and career progression in DDU-GKY.

Youth Mobilization cum Awareness Programme inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister, Jeevesh Kumar in Bihar

Jehanabad: JEEViKA’s District Project Coordination Unit (DPCU) celebrated the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ to commemorate 75 years of independence, in collaboration with Asuja Eserv Private Limited, by organising a youth mobilization cum awareness programme at Kisan Bhawan, Jehanabad. The event was graced by Jeevesh Kumar, Minister of Labour Resources and Information Technology, GoB. Nazish Bano, State Project Manager, JEEViKA; Rangey Raghaw, Assistant Director, NIRDPR and Ragini Kumari, District Project Manager attended the event representing the SRLM and CTSA.

The event that witnessed the participation of over 150 youths, was organised under the banner of the government’s ambitious skill development programme, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY). During the event, Shri Kumar spoke about the importance of skilling to the youth and encouraged them to become a part of the nation-building process. He further added that a ‘Mega Skill Centre’ will be opened in Jehanabad in the coming future. Ragini Kumari, District Project Manager highlighted the various initiatives taken by the government to skill the youth and added that over 2,500 youths have already been trained and placed so far under the scheme.

Success Story


It is said that “Self-Sacrifice is the greatest expression of love”. When we talk about self-sacrifice a name that comes to my mind is, “Daizy Duwarah” who hails from Vill- Gorokhiya Pukhuri, Block – Howraghat, Karbi Anglong, Assam. Trained as General Duty Assistant (GDA) from Markazul Ma’Arif, Hojai, Assam. She has been working as a General Duty Assistant (GDA) for three years at Felix Hospital in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, with endless spirit and dedication.

There she come across patients who are COVID-19 positive. At such junctures, she would not step back, rather step forward to heal them without any hesitation. She is a COVID warrior who is fighting not for herself but for the humanity ‘as a real hero’. After the First wave of covid-19 the hospital management found Daizy Duwarah  a very competent and dedicated warrior and also she has a great leadership quality for that she has been awarded with a promotion to patient coordinator with a good amount of salary hike. Here she fulfils the motto with her dedication towards her duty.


We Team JITM Skills are happy to share success of one of our GDA batch (Batch Code 03116927130588197823955) of DDU-GKY Darbhanga Centre.

Mobilization of trainees was done from rural and remotest village of blocks of Darbhanga like Alinagar, Kalyanpur, Warishnagar , Singhwara and Bahadurpur  and many more  blocks with the help of manager job and  active participation of Self Help Group (SHG). At the time of mobilization, team even walked for many miles to reach parents and tell them about this excellent program of MoRD. The candidates and their parents were very excited this scheme sponsored by Central as well as state Govt. and also that it is free of cost for the candidates.

During the training, we ensure that these trainees are treated with utmost care and highest level of empathy. We applied various check points to ensure that training started on time and during the class we focus on participation of trainees. We always appreciated and encouraged trainees for active participation in class and welcome queries. Personalized counselling by trainers and other role holders of Centre to boost confidence of trainees. Personalized counselling boost the confidence of trainees and helped us during training and placements. We followed the Quality Policy and Training Mechanism rigorously and religiously which was designed and developed by National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR) in a form of SOP for DDU-GKY. During the training Uniform, Books, Fooding and lodging facility was provided as per SOP Guidelines. Additionally, as per suggestion of our director we have setup migration support center, which is helping trainees to acclimatize.

We feel privileged and honoured to share that our 13 trainees of above mentioned batch have successfully cleared their interview after selection they have joined “YATHARTH Super Specialty Hospital, Greater Noida” on 25 Aug 2021. There are many factor behind this transformation which start with participation of trainees, support and continuous encouragement of their parents, mobilizers, trainers, Centre Head, manager job and higher authority of Jeevika.  This is an excellent example “of the women, for the women, by the women”. Success of these trainees was not possible without effective, efficient and result oriented support from State Project Manager, Assistant Project Manager, Manager Jobs of Jeevika and Role Holders of NIRD.

Placement of DDU-GKY Candidate

A total 57 students appeared in the evaluation process out of which 20 were selected for the post of Ultrasound Assistants. Dr. P. Srinivas Rao CEO Apollo Med Skills distributed the offer letters on the spot to the DDU-GKY candidates of Telangana.

Skill Trends

Vehicles Scrappage Policy

Vehicle salvaging industry is the next sunrise industry for both employment and enterprise with low entry barrier (skill level). If identified and defined early it can be the next big source of employment and enterprise for rural youth. This policy not only will help in removing out unfit and old vehicles which makes the environment polluted but also will accelerate the economic growth and boost employment generation the country.

Skill Development

Emphasising on the importance of skill development, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that skilling, re-skilling and up-skilling of people needs to be expedited as there is going to be a huge demand for this due to fast-changing technology. He also said that skill development of the new generation is a national need and is the foundation of Aatmnirbhar Bharat.

“Learning should not stop with earning. Only a skilled person will grow in today’s world. This is applicable to both people and countries, this needs to be expedited as there is going to be a huge demand for re-skilling due to fast changing technology” Modi said while exhorting the stakeholders to continuously skill, re-skill and up-skill.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 15 attended World Youth Skills Day Programme via a video conference. He said, “This is the second time when we are observing this day amid the corona pandemic. The challenges of this global pandemic have increased the importance of World Youth Skill day. Skill development of youth of the new generation is a national requirement and a major foundation for Aatmanirbhar Bharat”. He added, “I am happy that more than 1.25 crore youth have been given training so far, through Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana.

Handloom Day observed, #Myhandloom, mypride

On 7th August, 2021 DDU-GKY team of NIRDPR observed Handloom day virtually through virtual discussions by Creators, Curators and Collectors of handlooms among the team. The team presented their collections of handloom made sarees/ dress materials from different parts of the country and within the states.

Indian Handloom Industry is an ancient cottage industry of India with a decentralized set up. This industry is a source of livelihood for millions of people and contributes a major part towards livelihood. The tradition of weaving by hand constitutes one of the richest and vibrant aspects of the Indian cultural heritage. This sector is one of the largest unorganized sectors after agriculture, with advantages of being less capital intensive, minimal use of power, eco-friendly, adaptability to market requirements etc.

In today’s new day and age, designs and patterns have climbed up the ladder of advancement, as the new age fashion designers are designing these handloom fabrics keeping in mind, the changing fashion tastes of the fast track generations. The older and the newer generations of skilled weavers are keeping afoot with the new age consumers and hence have patronized their artwork onto other cloth items like bed sheets, cotton sarees, dress materials and many more adding to the creative list.

In Telangana state, Pochampally is known as the silk city of India with its traditional own brand of handloom sarees/Dress materials/Bedsheets/furnishings. It is famous for their geometric patterns in IKKAT style of dyeing for sarees and dress materials. Pochampally weavers are geotagged and their designs have patent rights.

This traditional handloom village of Pochampally, which originally marked its popular existence in the world of silk right from the 18th century, having a mere count of 80 villages under its territory of weavers, has now become a talented pool of creativity and innovation with over ten thousand weaving families.

Weaving process for making of one Pochampally Ikkat silk saree takes on an average of 10 days and which includes not only the efforts of weaver but also women and children of their family. Their hard work and art go into the making of perfect and beautiful products. These products are delivered to all parts of India and also exported to different countries.

Let us understand a little more about Pochampally Ikkat designs. The term Ikkat refers to the dying technique used to create the designs on the fabric where bundles of yarn are tightly wrapped together and dyed as many times as required to create the desired design.

In Single Ikkat designs, only Horizontal thread will be dyed with the design and vertical will be plain threads. In Double Ikkat, the most complicated of double Ikkat, vertical thread and horizontal threads are resist-dyed prior to weaving, this technique requires advanced skills and also takes time to weave. The weaver has to match both the Horizontal and vertical threads at a time to build that design perfectly on the saree.

Despite the problems and challenges faced by weavers and the issues in the handloom industry, it is important to know that weavers always weave the saree/cloth with their heart and soul to make their users happy.

Thoughts on Handloom by a Curator

India had had thousands of weaves but now hardly 160 so are surviving today. Most astonishing fact is that traditional Indian wear is size neutral, gender neutral!

Weaving was the main stay of Indians from time immemorial, but colonial era destroyed it throwing seven million craftsmen out of jobs in the 18th century who moved to agriculture.

This a geo tagged, it is finely done double Ikat. It involves a lot of precision, each of the threads is tied and dyed individually. Prior to weaving, the threads are arranged carefully to achieve these patterns. Even a small mistake can ruin the whole textile, so the weavers need manpower who are generally highly skilled and experienced.

Baluchari Sari

Baluchari sari is worn in West Bengal and Bangladesh. It originated from West Bengal and known for the mythological scenes on the pallu of the sari. Initially, Baluchari saris were used to be produced in Mushirabad but now the authentic Baluchari saree is produced in Bishnupur and surrounding areas of West Bengal. It takes one week to produce such a saree. Usually this saree is worn during festivals and on weddings.
Kanchipuram Sari

The Kanjivaram silk sari is made in Kanchipuram region of Tamil Nadu. These sarees are generally worn by brides, on occasions and on weddings mostly by the south Indian women. The Kanjivaram sarees have special texture, glimmer, permanence and refinement and that is the reason it is known as the queen of all sarees. The most special feature of this saree is the pallu and the borders are woven separately and joined together. These sarees are more expensive than any other handwoven silk sarees made in India. 

Dhakai Jamdani

This saree is made up of high quality cotton muslin which is very thin and soft which makes the saree very light weight and easy to carry. It is one of the most time and labour-intensive forms of hand loom weaving and the most artistic textile of Bangladesi weavers.