The Government of India has several schemes and initiatives in place to make life easier for minorities. The Ministry of Minority Affairs was established as a part of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on 29th January 2006. The aim of this scheme is to improve the approach that is taken towards dealing with the minority communities of India. There seems to be an unfair representation or a lack of representation when it comes to minorities all across the country. The main purpose behind the launch of the Ministry of Minority Affairs schemes is to make sure that the minorities such as Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, Jains and Zoroastrians have equal access to resources that are available in Indian society. The scheme includes linguistic minorities as well.
Another important aim of the scheme is to put more of an emphasis on the preservation of the unique, traditional skills that the minorities have. If these skills are not honed and preserved, there is a huge risk that the skills might die out with the minorities. This would be a huge cultural loss. The scheme allows the minorities to preserve and develop their traditional skills so that they can go on to use these skills to make a living for themselves or to seek employment opportunities.
The minorities are also given the opportunity to learn some new skills that they may be interested in, along with the old skills that they already have. There are much higher chances of them finding employment opportunities if they learn more skills. Moreover, it is better if they opt for a skill that they are interested in. There is a better likelihood of success if one chooses a field that they have a high level of interest in. This helps the minorities find and keep a job.
Overall, India is a very young country. This is one of the reasons why such schemes are in place. Most of the population of the country belongs to the age group of 15-35, which is the employable age group. A large number of these young people reside in rural areas and therefore, do not have access to the knowledge, resources and training that they need in order to find employment opportunities. While they are driven and motivated, they often end up unemployed due to a lack of resources and their unfortunate circumstances.
In the year 2013, AISECT partnered with the Ministry of Minority Affairs to make sure that the talents of the youth in the country are utilized in proper ways to drive the economy forward. They implemented the following schemes together.
- Nai Roshni
- Nai Roshni “The Scheme for Leadership Development of Minority Women”
- Seekho Aur Kamao
The Ministry of Minority Affairs ‘Seekho Aur Kamao’ is the skill development initiative for minorities. Here are some of the main objectives of this scheme.
- To offer basic employability skills for the young minorities in India
- To make sure that the minorities earn a stable income that is more than the amount they would earn as daily wage workers. This income is regular
- To provide good employment opportunities for the minorities of India
- To ensure that the minorities get an opportunity to hone and develop their pre-existing skills so that they can use these skills to find and keep employment
- To preserve the traditional skills that the minorities already possess so that these skills can be transferred to employment opportunities
There could be a large number of reasons why an individual fails to find employment opportunities. It may be because of a lack of knowledge, resources or skills. Although, it is hardly ever due to a lack of motivation or drive. The young minorities in India are highly driven individuals who have a lot of goals and aspirations. If they are trained properly, they can develop their skills and earn a living out of those skills. It is AISECT’s dream to make sure this happens, and they work hard towards making this dream a reality. AISECT aspires to help them achieve their dreams by making sure that they find employment opportunities once they are trained with the necessary skills. The candidates are trained with both technical and non-technical skills. Along with these skills, they are also provided with linguistic skills, basic IT skills and some soft skills. AISECT also makes sure that the candidates are given the necessary amount of support with every step of the process. This helps them stay motivated and driven till they find employment. Over 20,000 people from the minority communities have received this training so far, and this number keeps growing as the years go by.