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RSETI: New Batches of Women Centric Courses Launched


RSETI UPSC: Relevance

  • GS 2: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States


RSETI: Context

  • Recently, RSETIs (Rural Self Employment Training Institutes) has launched new batches of women-centric courses as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.


RSETI: Key points

  • Women form 66 per cent of the total trained candidates under the RSETI programme.
  • Till date, about 26.28 lakh women candidates have been trained since inception and about 18.7 lakh have been successfully settled.
  • New batches were started in trades like Homemade Agarbatti Maker, Soft Toys Maker and Seller, Papad, Pickle and Masala Powder, Beauty Parlour Management & costume Jewelry Udyami etc.
  • Under the RSETI scheme, 10 training courses out of the total 64 are exclusively for women candidates.


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What is RSETI?

  • RSETI (Rural Self Employment Training Institutes) programme is a three-way partnership between the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), GoI, State Governments and Sponsor Banks.
  • The program was launched in 2009 after taking inspiration from RUDSETI of Karnataka.
    • RUDSETI was launched in Karnataka in 1982 with collaboration of Manjunatheswara Trust, Syndicate Bank and Canara Bank.
  • The Banks are mandated to open at least one RSETI in their lead district to provide training to rural youth to take up self-employment/ entrepreneurship ventures.
  • RSETI program runs with an approach of short-term training & long-term handholding of entrepreneurs.
  • Rural poor youth between the age group of 18-45 years are eligible to join the training.
  • Each RSETI have 30-40 skill development programs for short duration ranging from 1-6 weeks.
  • Total functional RSETI: 585 across 32 States and UTs.
  • The RSETIs have become established as pioneers in capturing the aspirations of the rural poor youth and turning them into profitable entrepreneurs by training them in the domain and entrepreneurial skills.


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RSETI objectives

  • Rural BPL youth will be identified and trained for self-employment.
  • The trainings offered will be demand driven.
  • Area in which training will be provided to the trainee will be decided after assessment the candidate’s aptitude.
  • Hand holding support will be provided for assured credit linkage with banks.
  • Escort services will be provided for at least for two years soon to ensure sustainability of micro enterprise trainees.
  • The trainees will be provided intensive short-term residential self-employment training programmes with free food and accommodation.


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