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EDU:Vocational Training Centres in Tribal Areas

The main aim of this scheme is to upgrade the skills of the tribal youth in various traditional/ modern vocations depending upon their educational qualification, present economic trends and the market potential, which would enable them to gain suitable employment or enable them to become self employed. This scheme was introduced in 1992-93 revised with effect from 1.4.2009.

Salient features:

  • The Scheme is being implemented through the State Governments/UT Administrations, Institutions or Organizations set up by Government as autonomous bodies, educational and other institutions like local bodies and cooperative societies and Non-Governmental Organizations etc.
  • The scheme is exclusively for benefit of the Scheduled Tribes as well as PTGs and can be taken up anywhere in the country but priority will be given to remote tribal areas, inhabited by particularly vulnerable tribes and areas affected by extremist activities.
  • The capacity of each vocational training center is 100 or more trainees i.e. for one trade there should be at least 20 candidates. As far as possible, minimum 33% seats will be reserved for tribal girl candidates.
  • Each center may cater to five vocational courses in traditional or other skills depending upon the employment potential of the area.
  • Each tribal boy/girl is trained in one trade of his/her choice, the course being of maximum six months’ duration.
  • Each trainee is attached at the end of six months to a Master Craftsman in a semi-urban area for a period of six months to learn his skill by practical experience.
  • Each Vocational Training Centre set up under the Scheme running five trades will provide training to 100 or more trainee i.e. for one trade there should be atleast 20 candidates.
  • The funding under this scheme is provided in following two ways:
    • By setting up and running VTCs mainly in remote areas/ rural areas deficient in facilities,
    • By supporting vocational training for ST as also PTG candidates in already existing institutions in townships/ districts, etc. like it is, Polytechnics, computer training centres, and other private recognized institutions





The following Expenses are paid under the Scheme:

(a) Recurring

The maximum assistance of Rs.30,000/- per annum per ST trainee comprising the following:

  • Stipend top trainee @ Rs. 700/- per month
  • Rs. 1600/- per trainee per annum for procurement of tools, raw martial etc.
  • Monthly honorarium to faculty/supporting staff etc.
  • Boarding/lodging of trainees, electricity and water charges, etc.
  • Additional payment of annual rent as per actual subject to a limit of Rs. 10,000/- per month is admissible in case of rented building.


(b) Non-recurring:

Non-recurring expenses @ Rs. 0.48 lakh per trade for five years is admissible under the scheme.


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