Seekho Aur Kamao(Learn and Earn) Scheme for Skill Development of Minorities Training, Expenditure allowance


The "Seekho Aur Kamao(Learn & Earn)"- The Scheme for Skill Development of Minorities aims to upgrade the skills of the minority youths in various modern/traditional vocations depending upon their educational qualification, present economic trends and the market potential. This scheme helps the minority communities to find employment and make them eligible for self-employment based on skills.

This scheme initiated the skill development programme for Modular Employable Skills (MES) which are approved by National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) of India. The MES courses approved by NCVT include the majority of traditional skills being practiced by the minority communities. The courses included are Embroidery, Chikankari, Zardosi, Patchwork, Gem and Jewelry, Weaving, Wooden works, Leather goods, Brass metal works, Glass wares, Carpet etc. Other courses approved by NCVT will also be taken up in a particular State or region depending on the demand and local market potential.

This may help the minority communities to preserve the Indian traditional arts and crafts. It empowers the minority communities to face the market challenges and avail the opportunities.

This scheme provides the job oriented short duration Skill development training for candidates/students belonging to minority communities(Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsis and Jains)


The objectives of the scheme are as below:

  • To preserve and upgrade traditional skills of minorities and establish their linkages with market potential.
  • To improve employability of existing workers, school dropouts etc. and place the candidates in job.
  • To have better livelihood for marginalized minorities and bring them into the mainstream.
  • To enable minorities to avail opportunities in the growing market.
  • To develop potential human resource for the country.
  • To empower the minority communities by providing them skill development training.
  • To reduce unemployment rate of minorities


The trainee/student/candidate should fulfill the following conditions:

  1. The trainee/student/candidate should belong to minority communities(viz. (Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsis and Jains)).
  2. The age limit of trainee/student/candidate should be in between 14-35 years of age.
  3. The minimum qualification of trainee should be at least Class 5th standard.
  4. In case reserved categories as prescribed under this scheme remain vacant, these vacant seats may be treated as unreserved.


Minority communities


The benefit of this scheme is in the form of various training e.g. Placement linked Skills Training Programme for Modern trades and Skills Training Programme for Traditional Trades. The benefits come under this scheme are as followings:

Placement linked Skills Training Programme for Modern trades:

  1. The minimum duration training programmes is of minimum 3 months duration.
  2. This training includes soft skills training, basic IT training and basic English training.
  3. The prime objective of this training is to have gainful and sustainable employment for the youth.
  4. The student/candidate/trainee is selected on the basis of aptitude and capability from the options of Sector specific Vocational Skills Program.
  5. Its focus is mainly as per the industry requirement.
  6. The skills training for modern skills must give output as minimum of 75% placement and out of that at least 50% placement should be in organized sector.

Skills Training Programme for Traditional Trades:

  1. It ensures the desired employability outcomes
  2. Identification and Collectivization of the youth involved in traditional trades into Self Help Groups (SHGs)/ Producer companies. The SHG would have an average of 20 members.
  3. To enhance skills of youth levels (domain training, entrepreneurial training, soft skills, IT Training, English Language training) that would enable the SHG to develop a market-oriented production model.
  4. Provide forward (customer access) and backward linkages (vendor access). These should be clearly established through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) arrangement.
  5. Helps in development of business plan proposal for submission to various financial institutions including National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC). Raise funds for the SHG through these efforts.
  6. Helps in hiring of a management team for the SHG/ producer company.
  7. The programmes are to be of minimum 2 months duration and a maximum of 1 year depending upon the selected trade.
  8. The focus of this programme is that the activities should result in a creation of an SHG of skilled youth with access to funds for establishment and operation thereby ensuring income enhancement for the youth.
  9. The skills training must focus on industry readiness skillful trainees and must be compliant with Modular Employable Skills guidelines.

The following are the norms as per the scheme:

Expenditure allowance
Cost head Maximum allowed expenditure (INR)
Rental/Lease expenditure including Computers, tables, chairs, workstations etc. Maximum Rs 20,000 per candidate
O&M of training centres including rental, electricity, water, generator and other running expenses Maximum Rs 20,000 per candidate
Lunch, Tea and Travel expenses during training Maximum Rs 20,000 per candidate
Training of Trainers and Induction Maximum Rs 20,000 per candidate
Training expenses including salaries of trainers & other resource persons, learning kit, assessment & certification Maximum Rs 20,000 per candidate
MIS website, tracking and other monitoring expenses Maximum Rs 20,000 per candidate
Institutional overheads (Max 10 % of all above) Maximum Rs 20,000 per candidate
Post placement support (to be given to all placed candidates for 2 months after placement) @ 2000 per month 4000
Sub-total 24000
Incentive @ 5 % of all costs excluding Post placement support to be payable to PIA’s who successfully complete the project in time with all conditions met 1,000
Total cost 25000

In addition to above, following costs will also be admissible:

  1. Boarding/Lodging of an outstation beneficiary (for whom the organization arranges the residential facility) for three months @ Rs.1500 per month for 3 (three) months. The beneficiary will also be entitled to monthly stipend @ Rs.750 p.m.
  2. Monthly stipend for local Non-residential trainees would be Rs.1500 per month.

The cost norms for various components of the skills training programme for traditional trades are as below:

Cost to Organization will be given @ Rs. 10000/- per trainee per month for Non-residential program and Rs. 13000/- per trainee per month for Residential program which includes as follows: (the organization/institutes will submit calculations on the basis of duration of the program (includes SHG formation, training, fundraising, establishing backward and forward linkages and hiring of the management team in months)

  1. Boarding/Lodging of the outstation beneficiary (for whom the organization arranges the residential facility) for three months @ Rs.1500 per month. The beneficiary will also be entitled to monthly stipend @ Rs.750 p.m.
  2. Monthly stipend for local Non-residential trainees would be Rs.1500 per month.
  3. Rs. 2000/- per trainee for procurement of raw material etc. as a one time cost.
  4. Monthly remuneration to faculty/supporting staff etc.
  5. Other Training Costs.
  6. Testing and certification fees.

How To Apply

contact to any of the followings:

  1. Contact to The District Collector Or
  2. Contact to Deputy Commissioner Or
  3. Contact to Sub Divisional Officer Or
  4. Contact to Block Development Officer

Sponsored By

Central Government of India


Date of Launch

June, 2006

Valid Upto





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