The Scheme of Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS), formerly known as Shramik Vidyapeeth is implemented through a network of NGOs in the country since March 1967. The first Shramik Vidyapeeth was established in Mumbai [Worli] and was commissioned by Bombay City Social Council Education Committee, a voluntary organisation engaged in the field of Adult Education. After the success of the project, the Govt. of India developed a scheme for setting up a network of such institutions in the country in a phased manner.
With the transformation in the economic and social setup over the years, the role and scope of these polyvalent educational institutions have widened manifold. In the changed scenario, the focus of Shramik Vidyapeeth (SVP) was shifted from industrial workers in urban areas to the non-literates, neo-literates, unskilled and unemployed youth particularly from SC/ST/OBC/Minority/Divyang/Women throughout the country especially to underprivileged people in the rural areas. The SVPs were accordingly renamed as Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) w.e.f. year 2000.
The scheme of Jan Shikshan Sansthan was consequently transferred from Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) to Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) in July 2018.
- To improve the occupational skills and technical knowledge of the non/neo literates and persons having rudimentary level of education upto 8th standard and other school dropouts beyond 8th standard i.e. upto class 12th to raise their efficiency, increase productive ability and enhance their livelihood opportunities
- To identify and promote traditional skills in the districts through skilling/upskilling
- To create a pool of master trainers working across the department/agencies of skill development through training/orientation programme
- To collaborate and coordinate with other departments/agencies working in the filed of skill development
- To widen the range of knowledge and understanding of social, economic and political systems and create awareness about the environment
- To Promote national values and to align with national programmes
- To promote self-employment and facilitate to get financial support including loans/ for the target groups through linkage with credit and consortium membership
At present 248 Jan Shikshan Sansthans in 27 States and 2 UTs are active out of which 17 JSSs are not functional. A decision of setting up of 83 new Jan Shikshan Sansthans.
JSS Scheme is implemented by Directorate of JSS which is a sub-ordinate office of MSDE. For more details kindly refer the website https://jss.gov.in/.