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State Institute of Capacity Building-SICB

      As per the Cabinet Memorandum No. 417/GOS/DOP/CB-108/09 dated 17.11.2009, the Government, in principle has approved for establishment of State Institute of Capacity Building (SICB) at Karfectar, South Sikkim to fabricate skilled man power for our State. The Institution has taken over the RAC (Regional Administrative Centre) Karfectar on 25th November 2009. The SICB was inaugurated on 10th December 2009 by Hon’ble Chief Minister in a function organised for this purpose.
     The establishment of a full-fledged State Institute of Capacity Building at Karfectar, Jorethang with the purpose of imparting training, transfer of knowledge and building stronger capacities of the unemployed youth is perceived with a visionary intent.
     The past experience analysis and the general trend of unemployment in the State reveals that a vast array of training options has to be made available for the educated unemployed youth. This Institute a centre for youth to learn about their strengths and needs, to prepare for successful and fulfilling lives as adults, make choices about their futures and take up related training after which they may be able to build their careers. In a way this Institute is catering to the needs of youth development which would include strategies related to academic development, delivering quality and standards-based training, work skills, and core values.
     The objective is to create highly skilled workforce empowered with improved skills, knowledge and equipped themselves for earning their livelihood. It aims to increase the productivity of workforce both in the organized and the unorganized sectors, seeking increased participation of youth, women and other disadvantaged sections and to synergize efforts of various sectors and reform the present system.
     This Institute caters to all the services that will align the various skill development trainings, capacity building and youth development system, so that the youth of Sikkim are better prepared for promising careers and post school & College options. This Institute shall identify existing capacity building resource institutes and entities and experts within the country and even overseas and establish appropriate national/international linkages and network which may help in addressing proper and successful transitional needs of the youth of the State.
     This institution has established counselling and placement cell to assist students to make right educational and vocational choices. Apart from assisting trainees, the institution shall remain in close contact with employing establishments for job placements of trainees.
     The Institution, in view of the Government policy selects training Partners /Institutions of repute based on parameters of recognition and accreditation of National and State bodies, experience, past performance and placement records, viability of records etc. The institute awards Certificate of Competency on successful completion of the course based on actual testing of skills that a student has attained by administering tests/examinations as required under accreditation regulations of various Schemes of Government of India, Third Party Assessment, Sector Skill Councils (SSCs), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), National Skill Qualification Frame Works (NSQF) etc.
     With the setting up of this Institute, the State has made significant inroads in the growing high rates of unemployment amongst the youth of Sikkim. It will truly build self-reliance in our youth who have imbibed values, life skills, and livelihood capabilities and are knowledgeable and assertive in demanding their rights in the work place – “Empowerment”.
     The Institute shall in its fold cater to all categories of youth from School Leavers, Youth with different types of physical disabilities, to rural youth and urban youth.The establishment of this Institute is an inclusive policy of the State Government that focuses on holistic development of young people that will shape up their future. It is integrated into the Government’s policy planning frameworks, both in terms of strategic planning and resource allocation. The integration would prioritize youth development and ensure its implementation and to see that the Government’s INTENT becomes a reality.

CONCEPT OF GOVERNMENT LIVELIHOOD SCHOOLS:

In these schools the capacities of the unemployed are to be developed to enable them to sustain themselves economically and it is the first such scheme in the country. These schools are helping the unemployed youths of State to groom their talents so as to imbibe in them the ability to harness their skills and become self- reliant. The Government Policy is to give preference to local resources and utilize the services of from all sectors and within the Government Sector. All the LivelihoodSchools will work under State Institute of Capacity Building, Karfectar, South Sikkim. The Institute and all Livelihood School will be Governed by a Examining cum affiliating Board i.e. STATE BOARD OF LIVELIHOOD SCHOOL, SIKKIM (SBLSS) which has been notified vide Notification No. 246/GEN/DOP dated 09.04.2010, Government of Sikkim. The institute and Livelihood Schools have become centres for youth to learn about their strengths and needs, to prepare for successful lives as adults, make choices about their futures and take up related training after which they may be able to build their careers. In a way this Institute will cater to the needs of youth development which would include strategies related to academic development, delivering quality and standard based training, work skills and core value.

FOCUSSED AREAS OF SICB:

  • i. Builds knowledge related principles, process and method of promoting livelihood of disadvantages section of the society;
  • ii. Develops training modules;
  • iii. Affiliation of all Livelihood Schools;
  • iv. Monitoring of all Livelihood Schools;
  • v. Monitoring the activities of State Board of Livelihood Schools;
  • vi. Training of Trainers (TOT);
  • vii. Synergies capacity for market linkage;
  • viii. Effective functioning ofthree (03) Sikkim Model Career Counselling Centres cum Placement Cell located at Gangtok, East Sikkim, SICB, Karfectar, South Sikkim and Dentam Bazar, West Sikkim;
  • ix. Encourage good practices;
  • x. Collaboration with reputed Institutions;
  • xi. Partnership with successful identified local livelihood practitioners;
  • xii. Convergence with other Schemes of State and Central Government.

METHODOLOGY OF TRAINING, TRAINING INFRASTRUCTURE AND AMENITIES AVAILABLE:

     Trainees acquire varied skills through Trainees centred curricular principles of moving from "known to the unknown", from "concrete to abstract", and from "local to global". For this purpose, the concept of critical pedagogy is practiced. It is here, the productive work become an effective pedagogic medium for: (a) connecting classroom knowledge to the life experiences of children;
(b) allowing children from marginalized sections of society, having knowledge and skills related to work, to gain a definite edge and respect among their peers from privileged sections; and
(c) facilitating a growing appreciation of cumulative human experience, knowledge and theories by building rationally upon the contextual experiences.
     The in-house Trainees of SICB were provided free food and lodging facilities. The Institute can accommodate 150(one hundred fifty) trainees at one go. The Institute has Boy’s and Girl’s dormitory separately. The Institute has male and female Hostel warden and has the provision of 24 X 7 hours internal Security by trained Security Guards and external security Home Guards with continuous monitoring with CCTV. The Institute is fully connected with Wi-Fi system and has 100KV Solar Power Plant to supply interrupted supply of electricity besides regular connection of electric power.
     It has a provision of air-conditioned Conference Hall of 350 people capacity and a Mini Conference Hall for meeting and other purposes. In addition to this, the Institute has Recreation Room separately for Boys and Girls, Playgrounds and well-equipped classrooms.
     The SICB conducts Training of Trainers (TOT) time to time to motivate and equip the Centre Heads (Principal), Master Trainers and Assistant Trainers with latest techniques and pedagogy through the competent experts and specialists having diversified backgrounds.

General:

  • 1. The age for getting admission in the Livelihood Schools, the Candidates must be between the age group of 18 to 34 years on the day of admission.
  • 2. The minimum intake of Trainees for a course is 30(Thirty) and maximum is 50(Fifty).
  • 3. Every course has the provision of outreach programmes that is the Trainees will be provided On Job Training/Industrial Training within State or outside within the Country before providing certificates as per the guidelines of the Schemes.
  • 4. No fee is charged by the Trainees who are undergoing various courses at different Livelihood Schools and at the Institute.
  • 5. The Government of Sikkim providing Annual Grants to run these Livelihood Schools and to meet all the cost of establishment, salaries of Officers and Staff posted to SICB, Consultancy charges of service Partners etc.

GENESIS OF CAPACITY BUILDING /SKILL DEVELOPMENT IN SIKKIM:

      The Chief Minister cum Minister-in-charge in his budget speech in the State Legislative Assembly on 26th March 2007 announced the establishment of a full-fledged Directorate of Capacity Building. All departments and Panchayats Raj institutions were also directed to set aside 2% of their total fund allocation for capacity building purposes. The Chief Minister also announced the need for the establishment of a state level capacity building institute and a sum of Rs.10.00 crore was set aside in the plan budget of 2009-10..
     Policy:: The State Government Policy is to have zero tolerance toward youth unemployment which it has identified as a scourge in our society. Therefore, to address this all-important issue it will do the following:

  • 1. Set up an autonomous body to directly intervene in the building of capacity and capability of young people and place them in the opportunities that are otherwise going to people from outside the State. This will be one of the arms of the Government in its overall Livelihood Mission
  • This institution has established counselling and placement cell to assist students to make right educational and vocational choices. Apart from assisting trainees, the institution shall remain in close contact with employing establishments for job placements of trainees.
  • 2. Constantly monitor the laws and legal requirements to regulate the employment scenario in the State.
  • 3. Constantly interact with private, Central Government and other players to see that all the opportunities will be made available to local youth who are well positioned to do it as well as facilitate such proactive action.
  • 4. Constantly monitor the remuneration and other facilities that the private and public sector units offer to the youth of the State and see to it that there is no discrimination in this with respect to that on offer in other States in the country.
  • 5. Make available every year a State of the Employment Status Report and place table it in the Legislative Assembly.
  • 6. Provide adequate financial resources for the first five years to the Body set up under (1) above.
     The state Government in its Cabinet decision on 31st October 2009 agreed in principle towards the establishment of 31 livelihood schools in all territorial Assembly constituencies. Again, to translate the resolution into reality the cabinet in its meeting on 17th Nov.2009 decided to set up livelihood schools with the field of trades locations in the constituencies. The cabinet made secretary /Head of the Department of the Line departments as in charge for the opening of such schools.
     The establishment of Livelihood Schools where the capacities of the unemployed to develop to enable them to earn their livelihood and make them economically sound. This also will help the state government to eradicate poverty from the state by 2015.The cause is great and effect is highly impressive from the date of the inception of the State Institute of Capacity Building at Karfectar, South Sikkim.
     A Resolution was moved in the State Assembly in December 2009 seeking that unemployed persons of the state could be made skilled work force through various livelihood schools to be opened in all the constituencies. The resolution adopted as under: -
Resolution No. 6
"With the objective to achieve greater empowerment and to develop entrepreneurial capability of unemployed persons of the state , the members of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly unanimously resolved that unemployed persons of the state would be made skilled work force through various livelihood schools to be opened in different constituencies and through other training courses in the state."