State’s unemployment rate highest in India: Neikha

State’s unemployment rate highest in India: Neikha
Er. Zale Neikha (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/18/2020 12:12:37 PM IST

Advisor youth resources and sports (YR&S), Er. Zale Neikha, Tuesday disclosed that Nagaland had the highest rate of unemployment in India at 21.4%, as per Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI).

The advisor said this during the launching programme of “launchpad”, a career guidance and employability skills development programme for students at YouthNet office here on Tuesday. 

The programme, which is for students pursuing 12th standard in all government secondary schools across Nagaland, is an initiative taken up by YR&S department in partnership with YouthNet and supported by department of school education (DoSE).

Expressing concern over high unemployment rate, Neikha said that lack of proper guidance at an early stage was one of the leading causes for youth unemployment in the State. The advisor assured that the department had a vision to go about bringing positive change among the youth in Nagaland through YouthNet.

The advisor informed that the department not only emphasized in the field of sports and music, but also other youth-centric activities. As regards, he informed that it had come together with YouthNet to embark on a new venture for the welfare of students. Neikha said that the programme would impact students who were currently pursuing their 12th standard in 44 government higher secondary schools across12 districts in Nagaland. He said that they would be given the opportunity to discover where their strength lay and help them expose further through job fairs and melas.

With the programme targeting to help over 2000 students, he expressed hope that it would make drastic change in moulding the lives of many of Naga youth with joint efforts of the district youth resources officers and resource persons.

Speaking on the occasion, principal director for School Education, Shanavas C observed that youth generally delay in making decision about career and skill development. He said that only after graduation, they opt for personality development and career skill courses when they have already brushed their personalities.

In this regard, he expressed optimism that launchpad was the right movement for students especially from government schools to explore possibilities. 

While presenting an overview of the programme, director programmes YouthNet, Nuneseno Chase, said that the objective was to guide students to discover their ideal career path, enable them to look beyond traditional jobs and assist them in transition from school to work. 

However, since the initial plan of implementing Launchpad in a class room was not feasible, she said they decided to execute the first phase of the programme through digital learning platform .i.e.

“The modules have been created to help students effectively utilize their time during the lockdown and beyond in developing soft skills, motivate them to pursue higher education, to help them explore avenues beyond traditional jobs and plan their career based on abilities and interests,” she added.

Also, speaking at the programme, commissioner and secretary YR&S, Alun Hangsing, expressed hope that the programme would benefit students in enhancing personal edification and intellectual development. 

It may be noted that under phase-I, a career guidance questionnaire would be given to students as introduction to the programme. The phase-I online course duration is set for 20 hours, 4 hours on monthly basis starting from August 2020 to December 2021. In phase-II, a classroom session of 4 hours will be implemented from January 2021 onwards and in phase-III, education and career fair would be organized after the final examination (HSSLC).


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