Jammu and Kashmir may be rocking politically with Masarat Alam impact, but the valley youth seems to be inclined for smooth sailing and build its future.

Jammu and Kashmir may be rocking politically with Masarat Alam impact, but the valley youth seems to be inclined for smooth sailing and build its future. This was evident at Handwara town of militancy-prone Kupwara district in north Kashmir where youth showed an overwhelming response to the centrally sponsored Udaan scheme by coming in droves at the recruitment centre in the last week of February. As many as 1,350 youth appeared at the Handwara recruitment centre of which 1,118 were found with eligible documents. Of these 475 youth – both boys and girls – were selected by 9 top corporate companies like Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS), Reliance Industries, Manpower Ltd., Accenture, Mount Talent, Fidelis, Rooman Technology, Sahaj e-Village Ltd. and Prolific Systems & Technologies. Training of 350 selected candidates has already been started at various locations in India. On completion of their training these apprentice candidates will be absorbed by the companies as regular employees, an NSDC official said. This was the first time the corporate have made foray into the tough locales of militant hotbed. Earlier they were organising recruitment camps in the secured locations of Srinagar and Jammu. “We consider this as an overwhelming response and it has given us the confidence to outreach to other difficult areas. The talent pool in the valley is at par with the best in India,” said a recruitment officer of HR department of a leading company. Buoyed by the success, the national skill development corporation (NSDC) and the union home ministry, in conjunction with an ever growing pool of leading corporate companies, have made an elaborate plan to visit eight more towns in J&K for recruitment in the month of March alone. These include Ganderbal, Budgam, Baramulla, Anantnag from the valley and Doda, Kishtwar, Reasi and Kathua from Jammu region. Udaan, a special industrial initiative scheme, was conceived in 2010-11 on the recommendations of Rangarajan Committee for setting up a progressive programme for training of the youth of Jammu and Kashmir by the Corporate located in different states and make them employable. Though, a non-starter in the first year, Udaan picked up speed in 2013 with several hundred J&K youth coming forward to get enrolled in camps set up by the corporate. In the last two years, Udaan has helped train more than 6,000 J&K youth of which 2,574 have got jobs in top rated corporate houses. Centre has fixed a target to get 40,000 youth employed in 5 years (2013-2015). The commitment of 63 odd corporate exceeds it by double as they have agreed to train and absorb 80,000 J&K youth in 5 years.

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Udaan gets huge response in militancy prone Handwara