To further strengthen the under privileged society, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has announced that no fee will be charged from SC/ST candidates who join vocational training under Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSSs).
Formerly the JSSs were under the Ministry of Human Resource Department but in 2018 it was transferred to the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship. Some new reforms were brought in by the government in January this year. The new reforms aimed at identifying and promoting traditional skills through skilling and upskilling.
JSSs are established to provide vocational training to non-literate, school dropouts, SC/ST, women and girls and those underprivileged people in the society who are otherwise difficult to reach out to. It has a designed curriculum to train and develop people in various fields. It also maintains relationship with employers to provide placement to its candidates.
The JSS initiative was initially known as Shramik Vidyapeeth and was launched in 1967. It aimed at providing quality vocational training to industrial workers and improving their life and the lives of their family members. It also covered migrant workers coming to urban cities. In 2000, it was renamed as Jan Shikshan Sansthans, and expanded its bandwidth to rural regions as well.
Presently, there are 247 active JSSs spread across the country.