P3- Public Private Partnership: Providing Employment Opportunities for Marginalized Youths Of India.
Published on March 27, 2014 um 10:28
Summary of your idea
In the global context, higher education is of paramount interest for social and economic development of a country. Unfortunately in this era higher education for Below Poverty Line (BPL) youth remains a far- fetched dream. Though Government of India in sync with Millennium Development Goal is aiming to achieve universal primary education through the Right to Education Act 2009 but a lot has been debated over the quality of education imparted in the Government schools. This year jobless rate is expected to rise according to the report Global Employment trends 2014. Thus with a sense of urgency there need to be a complete overhaul of higher education system closely integrating it with apprenticeship/ vocational training with corporate sector for marginalized youth. Our vision is to begin with advocacy program first by forming an Ad Hoc Higher Education Committee (AD-H2C) comprising of University Professors, NGOs, representatives from National Education Department and Trade and Commerce, representatives from community & youths. In this Committee we will try to seek partnership between the Public and Private Organization as both are responsible to work towards societal welfare. Here we will convince the corporate partners to absorb BPL Youth towards apprenticeship/ vocational training programme and get placed in the same/ another organization or company, hence, creating a model company/ organization for the others to adopt. Later probe the Ministry of trade and commerce to include a clause within the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy that their CSR officials will devote time to manage such youth and ultimately get them placed in the same/ different organization. We will be facilitating, connecting organizations with Universities, Corporate Firms and communities and monitor the meetings, trainings, selection of youth to ensure smooth functioning. This way we will strive to provide job opportunities to as many youth as possible.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence- Rabindranath Tagore So it is not just about bookish knowledge but hands-on training which will open up pathways of opportunities for youth. We will conduct a need based assessment with the help of community leaders and then counseling session in each slum of different blocks with the help of NGOs. Once the counseling is over it will be easier to identify marginalized youth from each block who are keen to take the training at a corporate sector. The name list of these community leaders will be forwarded in the Ad Hoc Higher Education Committee (AD-H2C). The Professors will first recommend what all subjects the community leaders should take up and accordingly Corporate Firms will recommend vocational training in their Organization. Ideally the training should not be less than 6 months and a certificate will be issued by the Organization/ Company as a sign of acknowledgement. Thereafter the Organization will be responsible to ensure the community leaders placement in the same/another organization. Once these community leaders get a job, they will work towards development of his/her block. A domino effect is sure to ensue.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
In the fast growing industrialization, development in a holistic manner could not be ignored. Empowering the youth would be the key towards uplifting the society. Mostly, children from downtrodden society face difficulty to continue their higher education. As a result they are often seen to engaged themselves in the unskilled sector of work like brick making, rag pickers, Beedi making etc. for the means of earning livelihood. These Below Poverty Line (BPL) marginalized and disadvantageous youth are exploited both physically and mentally at work place. We sincerely believe that marginalized youth should get the equal opportunity and platform in bringing a positive change in their lives. Hence, to bring about these changes the blooming industrialization has a major role to play. As per to the CSR policy 2 % of the profit is allotted for the development of the society [mentioned in Companys Act 1956] in addition to this, employment through apprenticeship/ vocational training and later absorbing them in the company would automatically bring in promising change in the society . Incorporation for reservation of BPL youth for employment in the Companys Act 1956 would not only ensure employment but also progress of the nation. The overall objective: Advocacy for the inclusion of Below Poverty Line (BPL) youth in Companys Act 1956 through pressure groups and media to provide them training followed by employment. Specific Objective We will help in the formation of Higher Education Committee (HEC) consisting of NGOs, University Professors, representatives from National Education Department and Trade and Commerce, representatives from community & youths, Corporate Firms, public figures and sensitize them on the current situation of unemployment of BPL youth in India. Conduct sensitization meeting with the line departments at District, State and National level as well as with the media on the focused issues. Media involvement and representatives on higher education issues and generate mass awareness. We will conduct a need based assessment with the help of community leaders and then counseling session in each slum of different blocks with the help of NGOs The name list of these community leaders will be forwarded in the of Ad Hoc Higher Education Committee (AD-H2C). The Professors will first recommend what all subjects the community leaders should take up and accordingly Corporate Firms will recommend vocational training in their Organization Ideally the training should not be less than 6 months and a certificate will be issued by the Organization as a sign of acknowledgement. Thereafter the Organization will be responsible to ensure the community leaders placement in the same/another organization. The youths are to exhibit exceptional hard work and passion while they take the training as any complacency on their part might lead to termination of the training. We will be the main guiding force facilitating, connecting organizations with Universities, Corporate Firms and communities, media and monitor the meetings, trainings, selection of youth to ensure smooth functioning. This way we will strive to provide job opportunities to as many youth as possible. We will try to seek long term partnership between the Public and Private Organization to provide employment to marginalized youths. Raise voice at the Ministry of trade and commerce (policy makers) to incorporate seats for employment of marginalized BPL youth through active involvement of Ad Hoc Higher Education Committee (AD-H2C) and media.
My friend Jayati Roychowdhury and I, Anwesha Majumder, 26 years of age are committed towards societal development. Jayati currently is working with youth and children who are illegally employed in Brick Kiln factories. She is very passionate about child rights and it shows from ways how she rescued many children from factories. She is also striving to give children a better life through formal education. At an early stage of my career I was noticed by US Consulate for my passion to work with marginalized youth when I was nominated as an IVLP and later as Woman of the Month on 8th March 2014. My work got featured by World Partnerships of Florida for my outstanding performance to provide quality education to deprived children. Both Jayati and I believe that as leaders of the community and country at large we have to lead a movement and pave the way for other budding leaders to follow it.
Stage of Idea
Your idea has a positive impact on
education, poverty reduction, youth