The Government of Punjab accords highest priority to Skill Development of its youth and make them employable. ‘Hunar Se Rozgar Tak’ (HSRT) is an endeavour of Ministry of Tourism, launched in 2009-10 for creation of employable skill amongst youth, to reduce the skill gap in hospitality and tourism sector and to ensure that the economic benefit of tourism should reach to poor.
The initiative covers 6-8 weeks training in the hospitality trades namely Food Production, Food and Beverage Service, Housekeeping and Bakery. This scheme has successfully catered to training of nearly 3000 youth and has simultaneously facilitated jobs for 1000 trainees.
Tourism has emerged as a significant source of employment that requires varying degrees of skills and allows the quick entry of youth into the workforce. There was acute shortage of qualified employees in this sector, thus, Punjab Government taps these opportunities in favour of youth by implementing Hunar Se Rozgar Tak Scheme.
Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB) is implementing HSRT programme through the selected private institutes of the State. Government of India has approved training of 2520 persons at 10 institutes in the hospitality courses. The short term courses running under this scheme include four Hospitality Courses of varying duration namely Food Production (8 weeks), Food and Beverages (6 weeks), House Keeping (6 weeks) and Bakery and pastries (8 weeks).
In addition, the Government has also approved training of 540 persons at 4 institutes in ‘skin care and spa therapy’ course. The skill generating courses like Basic Fitness Training (8 weeks), Skin care and spa therapy (8 weeks) and Flower arrangements (8 weeks) are also being run under this scheme.
The target group for these training courses is 8th Pass within the age group of 18-28 years. Against the approved strength, under the hospitality courses 2492 students were trained out of which 727 students have been placed. In Skin Care & Spa 540 students were trained out of which 300 students have been placed.
In addition to the above courses, Government of India has also sanctioned 100% Grant in aid under the broad basing scheme for development of infrastructure in six ITIs (namely Pathankot, Sunam, Amritsar, Patiala Nawanshahr and Kharar) and to five Government colleges (Bathinda, Mohali, Sangrur , Ludhiana and Amritsar) for starting hospitality courses in these institutes.
Under this scheme, for starting the hospitality courses, a capital grant in aid up to Rs 200 lac is provided to each institute including up to Rs. 50 lacs for the civil works and up to Rs. 150 lacs for purchase of kitchen equipment. The funds are released to the Director Technical Education and Industrial Training for undertaking the works in I.T.Is whereas the funds pertaining to the colleges are disbursed directly to the concerned institutes.
Civil works in all the six ITIs has been completed and four colleges have also completed their infrastructure development works and they are successfully running the hospitality courses.