Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana

“Adds diversity to the in-come of rural youth by catering to the career aspirations of them” 


The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) announced the Deen dayal upadhyaya grameen kaushalya yojana (DDU-GKY) Antyodaya Diwas, on 25th September 2014. DDU-GKY is a part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), tasked with the dual objectives of adding diversity to the incomes of rural poor families and cater to the career aspirations of rural youth.

DDU-GKY is uniquely focused on rural youth between the ages of 15 and 35 years from poor families. As a part of the Skill India campaign, it plays an instrumental role in supporting the social and economic programs of the government like the Make In India, Digital India, Smart Cities and Start-Up India, Stand-Up India campaigns. Over 180 million or 69% of the country’s youth population between the ages of 18 and 34 years, live in its rural areas. Of these, the bottom of the pyramid youth from poor families with no or marginal employment number about 55 million.

Where to start:

>> First visit the official website and register yourself on it.

>> Decide on the skills you are good at or you think are your forte.

>> Select the projects/programs nearby you offered for the skills you are most interested in or are most viable.


>> Rural Youth:15 – 35 Yrs

>> SC/ST/Women/PVTG/PWD: upto 45 Yrs


>> Enable Poor and Marginalized to Access Benefits, Demand led skill training at no cost to the rural poor. The program is also very inclusive, Mandatory coverage of socially disadvantaged groups (SC/ST 50%; Minority 15%; Women 33%)

>>Program focuses on shifting Emphasis from Training to Career Progression, Pioneers in providing incentives for job retention, career progression and foreign placements.

>> It concentrates on the regional areas like projects for poor rural youth in Jammu and Kashmir (HIMAYAT) and the North-East region and 27 Left-Wing Extremist (LWE) districts (ROSHINI).

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