Nai Manzil Scheme

Written By Gautham Krishna   | Published on May 20, 2019

Ministry of Minority Affairs launched Nai Manzil Scheme on 8th August 2015 in order to promote a holistic development of the Minority community through an integrated education and livelihood initiative. The World Bank is partnering with the Ministry of Minority Affairs by providing technical assistance, which includes 50% of the scheme’s budget.

The scheme aims to benefit the minority youths in the age group of 17 to 35 years who are school-dropouts or educated in the community education institutions like Madarsas, by providing them an integrated input of formal education (up till Class VIII or X) and skill training along with certification, with a view of enabling them to seek better employment in the organized sector and equipping them with better lives.


  • Provide education bridge program to eligible minority youth, to obtain open schooling certification of class 8th / 10th .

  • Impart high quality skill training including soft skills leading to productive employment.

  • Provide job placement support to assist sustainable employment to those students who opt to the labour market.

Eligibility Criteria

The trainee should belong to Minority community as notified under National Commission for Minorities Act 1992 (viz. Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis). In the States/UTs where some other minority communities notified by respective State/UT Governments exist, they may also be considered eligible for the programme but they should not occupy more than 5% of the total seats.

  • The trainee should be between 17-35 years of age.

  • Certain particular pockets of concentration of minority population within a non minority district or city are also eligible for the consideration.

  • The trainees should belong to Below Poverty Line (BPL) population both from urban and rural areas.

  • 30% of the beneficiary seats are earmarked for girl / women candidates and 5% of the beneficiary seats for persons with disability belonging to the minority community under the Scheme.

  • To promote inter-community solidarity, 15% candidates belonging to BPL families of non-minority communities can also be considered.

  • In case reserved categories as prescribed under this scheme remain vacant, these vacant seats may be treated as unreserved.

Scheme Components

The Scheme provides non-residential integrated education and skill training programme for 9 to 12 months, of which a minimum of 3 months is devoted to skill training.

Education Component
The education component of the Nai Manzil Scheme aims to integrate disadvantaged minority youth who were left out from formal schooling by helping them attain certification from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or any State Open School.

Under the Scheme a Basic Bridge Program is offered to the beneficiaries that results in a certification from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or any other State Board that offers open schooling. Depending on his / her eligibility, beneficiaries undergo the Open Basic Education (OBE) level ‘C’ course which is equivalent to Class VIII, or the Secondary Level Examination Program of NIOS / State Board which is equivalent to Class X. The assessment and certification are as per NIOS / State Board norms.

Skill Training Component

Nai Manzil offers skill training compliant with National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). The skill training programme is of minimum 3 months duration and includes soft skills training, basic IT training and basic English training. The Scheme lays special focus on skill courses that are aligned at NSQF level 3 or above, so that the students benefited by the scheme have access to better jobs in the labour market. 

Health and Life Skills: All participants are also provided a module on health awareness and life skills and safety at work including basic hygiene and first aid.

Job Placement

The Project Implementation Agency (PIAs) are required to place successful candidates in regular employment in the sector in which he/she was trained. Employment in the formal sector is desirable, however, if that is not possible then the PIA should ensure that the job provides for minimum wages as
mandated in the state for semi-skilled workers and the employer should provide for Provident Fund, Employment State Insurance (ESI), Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Beema Yojana (PMJJBY) and other benefits to its staff.

Post Placement Support

Given the significant labour churning which occurs after training, post-placement support is provided for atleast 3 months. Training providers track and support the student for one year after they have completed the program. Postplacement support includes regular counselling to support candidates in their transition into the workplace and help them settle into their new jobs/vocation.

Training providers can do so either through visits at workplace, or phone calls to candidates or any other method that is convenient. In addition, candidates are provided financial incentive of Rs. 4000 (Rs. 2000 per month for 2 months) as post placement support so that candidates who are placed after successful completion of skill development programmes can sustain through the initial hurdles after being placed.

How to Apply

PIAs mobilise eligible beneficiaries to enrol for the Nai Manzil scheme through various strategies appropriate to their culture. In order to do so, PIAs design and undertake Advocacy / Information, Education & Communication (IEC) and awareness generation programmes to catch the attention of maximum stakeholders. Different community mobilization methods are adopted such as conducting meetings with community leaders, door to door home visits, setting up kiosks at popular places, local promotional and awareness camps etc.

The women trained under “Nai Roshni”, Ministry of Minority Affairs’ scheme for leadership development of Minority women, are also used as mobilizers for this Scheme. Similarly, community level structures like Self Help Groups (SHGs) are also used to mobilise the youth. The mobilised youth are provided counselling in order to conduct a pre-selection screening of the candidates to identify appropriate education and skilling intervention needed and form batches accordingly.

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