Kerala government is going to start Earn While You Learn Scheme 2020-21 for students. In this scheme, the students would be able to earn 90 days in a year while they learn. Kerala Cabinet has decided to implement policy to allow students aged b/w 18 to 25 years to earn honorarium through part time work while they study. Work as you study is a part of the CM’s 12-point development programme.
The state government will make a time-bound action plan for Kerala Earn While You Learn Scheme 2020-21. Students would be able to work in several government departments and other areas to sustain their livelihood. The major objective is to make students more energetic, self reliant and not fully dependent on their parents for study.
The Kerala govt. will prepare database of students who are interested in Work As You Study Scheme.
Kerala Earn While You Learn Scheme 2020-21
Kerala govt. has prepared guidelines for Earn While You Learn Scheme for college going students. All the companies or institutions in the state which provide employment to more than 5 students for more than 6 months will be given “Supporting Youth Employability in the State” certificate. For all government institutions, 15% of salary funds could be used to provide stipend to students.
Students can be provided jobs at various levels to sustain their livelihood under Earn While You Learn Scheme. They can get jobs at government departments, special purpose vehicles, local bodies, local self-government institutions, private / public enterprises, startups. Each student can work for a maximum of 90 days in a year. Kerala govt. will prepare database of interested students which would be made available with a mobile app.
Only the students who lies in age group of 18-25 years can work while studying in Earn While You Learn Scheme of Kerala. This scheme will also help the offices to complete their pending works. The state govt. is make changes in procedures to change college timings to 8 a.m to 1.30 p.m. These changes would be implemented from the next year. This will enable students to take up jobs from noon. The state govt. will published order in this regard soon after discussions with teacher’s associations.
All the students would be allowed to work part time under Earn While You Learn Scheme following a schedule which does not hamper their studies. However it is important to note that the official statement does not specify level of study of students who can opt for this. The Kerala cabinet also decided to allow agencies and establishments to implement this programme. They will earmark 15% of their expenditure on wages to pay honorarium to these students. The Department of Labour and Skills will be the nodal agency for implementing it.