About Scheme for Higher Education Youth for Apprenticeship and Skills


Only when the youth entering the employable age acquire skill-sets that are required by the growing economy, would the Country be able to reap the benefits of the demographic dividend. Therefore enhancing employability of the students in the higher educational institutions is a high priority of the Government of India. The UGC Quality Mandate has set a target of ensuring that atleast half of the students passing out of the higher education system should find suitable employment on completion of their degree programmes by 2022.

Following on this vision, Government is launching a Scheme for Higher Education Youth for Apprenticeship and Skills (SHREYAS) to align the education curriculum with the needs of industry & service sectors, and promote an On-The-Job exposure to all students in skill sets of their choice and aptitude. A combination of classroom & "hands on" learning would equip students with professionally relevant skills, boost their employability, and thereby contributing immensely to their self confidence, apart from improving the overall human resources in the Country.

SHREYAS is a programme conceived for students in degree courses, primarily non-technical, with a view to introduce employable skills into their learning, promote apprenticeship as integral to education and also amalgamate employment facilitating efforts of the Government into the education system so that clear pathways towards employment opportunities are available to students during and after their graduation.

SHREYAS is a programme basket comprising the initiatives of three Central Ministries, namely the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and the Ministry of Labour& Employment viz the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS), the National Career Service (NCS) and introduction of BA/BSc/BCom (Professional) courses in the higher educational institutions.


Following are the objectives of SHREYAS

  • To improve employability of students by introducing employment relevance into the learning process of the higher education system
  • To forge a close functional link between education and industry/service sectors on a sustainable basis
  • To provide skills which are in demand, to the students in a dynamic manner
  • To establish an 'earn while you learn' system into higher education
  • To help business/industry in securing good quality manpower
  • To link student community with employment facilitating efforts of the Government