CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The large population of underprivileged youth residing in urban slums either completely lack or possess negligible vocational skills, which prevents them from taking advantage of the vast employment opportunities in the cities of India. Therefore, despite high growth in Indian economy, the slum youth remain unemployed or under-employed.
Since India became independent more than 60 years ago, millions of people have traveled from rural India to urban locations in search of work and a better life. However, lack of skills, higher living costs in urban areas, and larger/easier opportunities in the unorganized sector (menial labor) have forced these people to live in sub-standard conditions. Their living areas are labeled as jhuggi jhonpri (JJ) clusters or slum dwellings. So although India is experiencing significant economic growth, the benefit does not trickle down to the level of the slum dwellers and, as a result, the gap between the rich and poor is growing ever wider.
Some data regarding the slums in Delhi: (from IndianNGOs.com)
- The present population of Delhi is about 14 million.
- Of this, 3 million live in slums.
- Delhi witnesses a net addition of around four hundred thousand migrants every year.
- From 12000 slum dwelling units in 1951, the official figure for these units was expected to reach three hundred thousand in 2005.
Note: These figures are known to be an under estimate, mainly because many of Delhi’s underprivileged live in unrecognized colonies or resettlements. The NIIT Yuva Star Career Development Centers (CDCs) across the country would cater to the skilling needs of the vast employable population residing in urban slums. Through this initiative, NIIT Foundation expects to raise the target population’s status and living standards, leading to overall community development in the long run.