Nai Manzil is the first World Bank-supported programme for minority welfare being managed by the Ministry of Minority Affairs. The scheme is significant science it combines education with skills for school dropouts which will significantly enhance their employability.
Nai Manzil aims to benefit the minority youths who do not have a formal school leaving certificate. This schem is to provide them formal education and skills. This will enable them to seek better employment and livelihoods in the organised sector. The Scheme has been approved with the cost of Rs.650.00 Crore, For first five years with 50% funding from the World Bank.
Nai Manzil: Background
Even though the minority communities comprise a little over 20% of India’s population, their contribution to the workforce lags at 44% vs the national average of 54%. The factors contributing to this lower participation are:
- Higher rate of dropping out of school
- lower employability skills
- perceived lower returns from education.
Nai Manzil: Objectives
- To provide education and market-driven skills training to youth between the ages of 17-35 years from BPL minority community families
- The scheme offers non-residential integrated education and skills training for 9 to 12 months in which 3 months are devoted to skills training.
- The scheme intends to provide placements to at least 70% of the trained youth in jobs.
- Jobs will help them to earn basic minimum wages and provide them with other social protection entitlements like Provident Funds, Employee State Insurance (ESI) etc.
Nai Manzil: Beneficiaries
The beneficiaries under this scheme are the 1,228 Community Development Blocks where Minority population is 25% or more of the total population as identified by the Ministry of Minority Affairs. The total physical target of the Scheme is to cover approximately one lac beneficiaries. The target beneficiaries are:
- The trainee should belong to six notified minority communities.
- Other minorities notified by the States/UTs also eligible for up to 5% of the total seats.
- The trainee should be between 17-35 years of age
- The minimum qualification of trainee should be as per NIOS / equivalent for class VIII and class X bridge program
- The trainee should belong to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) population both from urban and rural areas
- 30% of the beneficiary seats earmarked for girl/women candidates
Nai Manzil: Components
The education component of the Nai Manzil Scheme aims to integrate disadvantaged minority youth who were left out from formal schooling, This done by helping them attain certification from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or any State Open School. The candidates are offered either OBE Level ‘C’ (equivalent to Class VIII) course or the ‘Secondary Level Examination Program’ (equivalent to Class X), depending on her/his eligibility under Nai Manzil cCheme.
Nai Manzil offers skills training compliant with National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). The skills training programme have minimum 3 months duration that includes soft skills training, basic IT training and Basic English training.
Successful candidates are placed in regular employment in the sector in which they has trained. Employment in the formal sector is desirable, if that is not possible then it is ensured that the job covers minimum desired standards and norms.
Post Placement Support
Nai Manzil provides post placement support for at least 3 months.Post placement support includes regular counselling to support candidates in their transition into the workplace and help them settle into their new jobs/vocation. Students are supported for one year after placement. If during that time any student drops out of the labour market, the PIA will be responsible for finding another job.