Scheduled Tribes are the most marginalized section of the society, therefore to assist their socio-economic development; there is an imperative need to provide more employment avenues and income generation opportunities. It is aimed at upgrading the skills of the tribal youths 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.
Under the scheme of Vocational Training, grants will be available for organizing vocational trainings in recognized institutes or in Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) subject to terms and conditions revised from time to time of the scheme.
The agencies eligible for such grants are:
  • State Governments and UT Administrations;
  • Institutions or Organisations set up by Government as autonomous bodies, either under a statue, or as a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860;
  • Educational and other institutions of the likes of local bodies and cooperative bodies.
  • A Public Trust registered under any law for the time being in force. The trust must have been registered for at least three years.
  • Any Private Recognized Institution, registered and conducting such vocational courses for at least three years.
  • Any industry or an association of industries like ASSOCHAM, CII, FICCI, etc. who are willing to run such skill upgradation training centres as per the financial norms of the scheme with a proper plan for placements.
Voluntary Organization (VO)/Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) which fulfill the following requirements:
  • Any registered voluntary organization/non-governmental organization engaged in the conduct and promotion of social welfare of STs. The organization should have been registered for at least three years.
  • Experience of at least three years in the relevant field.
  • Aptitude and experience in welfare work pertaining to weaker sections.
  • Preference will be given to programmes that benefit the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PTGs) or remote/interior/ backward areas not serviced by Government Institutions or other established NGOs.
  • Financial viability of the organization and ability to continue the work for limited periods in absence of assistance from the Ministry.
  • Good reputation and credentials.
  • Capability to mobilize community.
  • Networking with other institutions for optimum utilization of resources allocated and assets created.