Delhi Police Initiative in Community Policing – YUVA Skill Development Program under PMKVY Scheme

‘YUVA’ is an initiative of Delhi Police to engage and steer street children & youth towards the mainstream of society, providing them with the opportunities to realise their potential and creating awareness about their potential through sports, Nukkad Nataks and skill development training. This is a Community Policing initiative not only to prevent the youth from committing crime and delinquent acts but also to encourage them to partner with police in maintaining law and order, management of crime and connecting with community at large.

In the current age of digital revolution where the youth is eternally connected to each other on various social media platforms (facebook, twitter, whatsapp, skype, blogs etc.) with electronic/digital devices like smart mobile phones, tabs, phablets, computers, laptops etc., this generation of youth trusts digital information for social interaction and therefore connecting with the today’s youth has become a challenge for the police forces. It is a fact that today’s youth is experiencing a disconnect with the existing norms and institutions of the society and more so with law and the law-enforcing agencies. Therefore, there is an urgent need to devise a specific measure to win the confidence of youth and bridge the trust deficit.

The current initiative by Delhi Police aims to connect with the youth by upgrading their skills as per their competencies. It will help them to get gainful employment under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna of the Ministry of Skill Development, GoI.

Delhi Police has tied up with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for imparting job-linked skill training to the selected youth. The National Skill Development Corporation shall be providing skill training to this youth under ‘Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna’ (PMKVY) and CII will provide job-linked training through its Sector Skill Councils which are connected to industry and thereby provide job opportunities.

A detailed exercise was conducted in all the 13 districts of Delhi Police to select the youth in the age group of 17-25 years for this training belonging to the following categories, mostly from the underprivileged colonies:-

School dropouts

Juvenile offenders

Victims of crimes

Families in a dire state due to the incarceration of the bread earner of the family

‘After selection, their counselling was conducted by professional counsellors of NSDC to select the skill for this training based on the educational qualification and their interest. The online data of all the selected youth has also been ensured. NSDC and CII shall also give skill certificate to all the participants in the completion of the course. This scheme envisages to ensure that maximum number of youth who participate in this training get subsequently employed in the industry under PMKVY Scheme.

As an initial step, at least one skill training centre in each of the 13 police districts in Delhi would be started in a Police Station building at the earliest. A total of 32 police station buildings have been identified where Skill Development Centers would be opened at the earliest.