100 model career centres all across the country to help job seekers
connect with potential employers and skill providers.
The government is in the process of starting 100 model career centres
all across the country, to help jobseekers connect with potential employers
and skill providers.
It would be different from the likes ofnaukri.com or monster.com as the
government is planning to counsel the applicants through online platforms
and mobile phones.
The Centre has already allocated money to states for 70 such centres,
to be opened shortly.
These centres will be linked to the already operational national career
The Directorate General of Employment and Training, ministry of labour
and employment, has been tasked to maintain the portal.
"This initiative is going to be different from other similar services
in the sense that some due-diligence is done at our end about the employers,"
Shankar Aggarwal, secretary, ministry of labour and employment, told Business
The government may also seek information about employers from outside
India before allowing them to advertise on these portals. In the past
there have been cases where the government had to intervene and rescue
Indian workers from captivity of their foreign employers.
The model career centres will be an upgraded version of the now moribund
employment exchanges. India has a network of 947 employment exchanges.
Nearly 44.8 million jobseekers were registered with employment exchanges
till 2012-13. Other than Maharashtra and Gujarat, where these exchanges
still manage to have jobseekers placed, centres in other states have almost
ceased to offer any help to applicants.
The Centre plans to bring these exchanges within the information technology
The ministry plans to rope in a number of employers to the platforms.
Besides, there are plans to bring counsellors on board. The business model
of counselling services is being worked out. It has not been decided as
to whether counselling services will be paid or free. "Some reputed
counsellors would like to charge their fees. It is yet to be decided whether
the cost will be borne by the government or be charged from jobseekers,"
the labour secretary said.
The emphasis at model career centres will be on counselling of jobseekers.
The national career service portal says that "the government is now
giving increased focus on career counselling as a key activity for our
aspiring youth to pursue the right career choice, so that they join the
workforce with better skills for enhancing growth and development."
After counselling if jobseekers are found lacking in some skill, they
will be directed to training centres.
At the national career service portal, jobseekers can apply for jobs,
find information on available training programmes, book an appointment
with a career counsellor, register to take part in job fairs and review
the latest employment trends by going through the reports. They can also
go through description of jobs on offer and have an idea of the expected
Employment exchanges in Maharashtra and Gujarat have reportedly done well
by organising job fairs and facilitating placement of jobseekers in the
private sector. The Centre's latest initiative through the national portal
and model career centres is aimed at replicating that model.
The career portal has corners for jobseekers, employers, counsellors,
placement agencies and skill providers.
There is a section on reports. It has district-wise lists of counsellors,
skill centres and placement agencies. It also provides lists of number
of jobseekers in a district and the number of jobs on offer.
Skill providers are allowed to list the courses on offer and upload the
course content online. They can add more courses and revise the existing
IN THE OFFING
" 100 model career centres all across the country to help job seekers
connect with potential employers and skill providers
" The Centre has already allocated money to states for 70 such centres
to be opened shortly
" These centres will be linked to the national career service portal,
" The Directorate General of Employment and Training will maintain