In a written reply in the Lok Sabha recently Dr K Chiranjeevi, union minister for tourism, said that 3806 candidates have been trained under ‘Earn While You Learn’ scheme launched by the ministry of tourism. The scheme was launched with a view to inculcate appropriate tourism travel traits and knowledge amongst trainees to enable them to work as ‘student volunteers’.
The salient features of the scheme are:
i. College-going students pursuing graduation courses or graduates in the age group of 18 to 25 years will be eligible for the training programme.
ii. The candidates are selected by following a transparent procedure.
iii. The duration of each programme is 21 working days.
iv. The course contents is finalised by the ministry of tourism/ implementing institutes in consultation with stakeholders.
The Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management (IITTM), had been authorised to conduct the training programmes at its centres in Gwalior, Delhi and Bhubaneshwar and one in the city of Hyderabad. Besides, the Jamia Milia Islamia University was also authorised to conduct a training programme at its campus in Delhi.