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Funding Support


Sponsored training to needy students under following schemes

  1. Government of India or State Governments funding
  2. Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) scheme
  3. International funding 


The Backdrop 

India, the second most populous country in the world, has the largest population of youth in the world, with about 66% of the population is under the age of 35. The traditional education system in India, still practices the old system of secondary, senior secondary, graduation and post graduation education system. Until last few years, no thought was actually given on “skill development”. The fortunate ones, who could fully or partially complete their education, fight fiercely for the limited number of jobs available in the market, with apparently no or limited technical skills. Those with lesser educational qualification have no chance in the job market at all.


The Labour Bureau under Union Ministry of Labour and Employment released an Annual Employment & Unemployment Survey report. The report for 2012-13 states that overall unemployment rate of the country is 4.7%. State of Kerala being the most literate state in India had the highest rate of unemployment, i.e., close to 10% among the large states. Whereas rate of unemployment in West Bengal was 4.5% and in Assam it was 4.3%.

Unemployment rate in rural area is 4.4% whereas in urban area it is 5.7%. This percentage wise figure is quite misleading, as majority of Indians live in rural areas.

With worldwide recession, shrinking agricultural lands, limited number of new manufacturing units coming up, has made the things worse. Huge Government initiatives like “Sampoorna Gramin Rozgar Yojana” have a huge outlay of funds, but not reaching the poor because of bureaucratic hurdles, nepotism, and rampant corruption.





Number of workforce in agriculture sector has gone down and for the first time it is below 50%. The farm sector now has 49% of the workers whereas manufacturing sector has 24% and services sector has 27% workforce. With worldwide recession, shrinking agricultural lands, limited number of new manufacturing units coming up, has made the things worse.


Apart from financial impact, unemployment has many social impacts like theft, violence, drug taking, crime, health as well as it leads to psychological issues. Next comes the poverty that is directly linked with unemployment as well as inequality. Long term unemployment can actually ruin the family and the society.


Last couple of years, the central Government has come up with projects like “Hunor Se Rozgar Tak”; Modular Employable Skills (MES), under Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS) are offering skill based training to the youth of India, free of cost, but offering no or limited job assistance at the end of the program. Moreover, according to India Skills Report launched in the 3rd CII National Conference on Skill Development 34% were found employable Out of about 1, 00,000 candidates. The Report not only captured the skill levels of talent pool but also brought out the hiring estimates across major Industry sectors in the country. As per the report’s findings, the coming year would not see bullish hiring in any of the sectors. Out of about 10 sectors surveyed, majority of the sectors (like BFSI, BPO/ITES, Manufacturing etc), are not expecting a major change in their hiring numbers. Engineering & Core, Hospitality and travel, came out as the only sectors where there will be a significant increase in the hiring numbers. The report also brings out a general trend amongst the employers to look for skills rather than qualifications in candidates. The new Government at the centre led by Shri. Narendra Modi, has correctly assessed the situation and giving priority and impetus to the Travel and Tourism Industry. 


An Appeal


In order to assist the Government in its endeavor, Silver Lining Institute of Education (SLIE) was formed in 2013, 7th May, registered under the West Bengal Societies Act XXVI of 1961 (S/2L/No 4779 of 2013-2014).


With its pilot project at Durgapur, West Bengal, the Institute imparts six months skill based training to underprivileged youth of West Bengal, focusing on the entry level jobs at the Hospitality sector. It has successfully trained and placed several batches of students. Trained by experienced faculty, the students are assured jobs on successful completion of the training. In fact, the Institute maintains a very good rapport with the Hotel Industry, and the curriculum is based on the current Industry needs. Our program includes three months class room learning and three months ‘on the job’ training, followed by placement. We pledge alumnus a ‘life time’ job assistance and counseling. In future, we intend to open own branches at several other places, and conduct skill development training for several other fields as well.


As we receive no fund from any source, we are compelled to charge a nominal fee to the students to meet our operating and administrative costs. This nominal fee includes tuition fees, study materials and accessories, and free accommodation. We also offer concessions to the students belonging to ‘scheduled caste’; ‘scheduled tribe’; OBC; minority communities. General caste girl students are also offered concessional rates.


Despite our efforts, many a time we find students, unable to join our training programs due to financial constraints. Moreover, opening of new centres to reach more and more unemployed youth requires lot of financial outlays. At this moment, despite our good intensions, we are unable to generate sufficient fund by ourselves.


Hence, we solicit funds from the Corporate Houses, across the country, under the Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) program as prescribed by the Companies Act, 2013. We shall be indebted, if the Corporate Houses may adopt a specific number of students and pay for their tuition fees. They may also sanction funds for the infrastructural development of the Institute. It is needless to say; this would not only help under privileged youths of the society to earn their keep, but also acclaim immense gratitude from the society at large for their philanthropic efforts. We also offer our services to the Corporate Houses to train the unskilled and semi-skilled work force at their cafeterias/ canteens.      


Similarly, our petition to relevant Central and State Government agencies to associate us in their great endeavor of eradicating unemployment in India by providing us with financial assistance. Given a chance, we shall feel honoured to be part of such a benevolent movement.


Time and again, philanthropic groups, sponsors, donors of other countries, as well as Non Resident Indians have benevolently contributed towards such humanitarian causes. We welcome any contribution from them in order to strengthen our hands to fight unemployment, restrict child labour and poverty in our country.

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