The Udaan Scheme, a Special Industry Initiative (SII) for the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), is funded by the Ministry of Home Affairs and implemented by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Based on the recommendations of the Rangarajan Committee, the scheme has been a major initiative of the central government towards making the educated youth – graduates, post-graduates and three-year diploma holders in engineering – of J&K employable. The Rangarajan Committee was formed in August 2010 and the report by the committee was submitted in February 2011, post which the Udaan scheme was promptly launched in financial year 2011-12. The aim of the Udaan scheme is capacity building of the youth in J&K through skill development and subsequently exposing them to the best of corporate in India. The initiative also aims at providing the corporate sector in India access to the rich talent pool in J&K.
The Ministry of Home Affairs is the funding and monitoring authority for the scheme. As a state specific scheme under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Udaan is a considerably funded initiative. The total fund allocation for the scheme by MHA was to the tune of INR 750 Crore. The scheme is now in its closure.
Objectives of the Scheme
- To provide exposure to the graduates and post graduates of Jammu and Kashmir to the best of the Corporates India
- To provide Corporate India with exposure to the rich talent pool available in the state
44,369 candidates have joined training. Of these, 38,798 candidates have completed training and 24,184 have been offered jobs across different sectors. 115 corporates have been part of the program.
Leading corporates across different sectors like TCS, Apollo Medskills, KPMG, Yes Bank, Frontline Business Solutions, Tata Motors, Future Learnings, Graziano, lL&FS, llSD, Spectrum, MBD, Rooman, Vision India etc. have taken part in 204 Udaan Mega selection drives. Udaan Mega Drives act as a platform where multiple corporates help mobilise youth of J&K for Udaan training program that are organize across the state in different districts.