Youth Empowerment Support (YES):

Institute for Small Trade Learning (ISTL), Nelamangla, Bengaluru Our Trainees at Arena Multimedia Training Institute, Bengaluru Jawed Habib Certified Beautician Training Center at ISTL, Nelamangala, Bengaluru Practice Hall for Computer related courses within ISTL, Nelamangala compound ISTL Official's visit to Jetking Computer Hardware & Network Training Institute, B'lore Our Trainees at Medical Transcription Training Institute, Bengaluru Hairdressing training at Institute fore Small Trade Learning, Nelamangala Tailoring training within ISTL compound, ISTL Nelamangla, Bengaluru Foodcraft Training under PRM Porject for Newly Arrived Young Tibetans, Bengaluru YES Head Office & ISTL official's monitoring at Training Institutions Institute for Small Trade Learning (ISTL), Nelamangla, Bengaluru The Entrance Gate of TIBETAN CAREER CENTER, Old Reception Center, McLeodganj TCC Jawed Habib 5th Batch Hairdressing Graduation TCC Jawed Habib Certified Hairdressing Trainees Graduation Day Group photo of Ex and New TCC Staffs with trainees at TCC Dharamsala Department of Home's Women Empowerment Desk workshop at TCC Mcleodganj

A) YES Skill Training:

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With the increasing no. of school and collage dropouts which in a way lead to rising rate of unemployment in our Tibetan community, it is deemed necessary to provide a vocational employable skill training to the unemployed Tibetan youth so that the no. of unemployed Tibetan youth is reduced and helps them to self-sustain or make them self-reliant.

The ever-rising population of unemployed youth has become a serious issue in the Tibetan community, especially for the school dropouts finding a decent livelihood is a big challenge. In most of the Tibetan settlement a large part of manpower either remains idle or do not engage in any meaningful livelihood activities. Such a situation puts the society in a big threat risking the health of youths likely to get addicted to alcoholism, drugs, and other unsocial behavior.

Thus, it is necessary to provide the unemployed youth with skill training and encourage them to set up small enterprises through micro-credit facility with the main aim of making them self-reliant as well as materializing the main objective of CTRC making Tibetan settlements viable and sustainable. This project is addressing the problem of unemployed Tibetan youths specially focussing on school drop outs by enhancing their skill and building their capacity by providing micro credit. CTRC has set up a separate desk called Youth Empowerment Support (YES) for addressing the issue of unemplyed youth in India. The program was first undertaken by the Planning Commission in 1997 and later with the growing unemployment rate and the rising workload it was handed over to the CTRC in 2003 and thats how Youth Empowerment Support (YES) section came into picture.

This program was initially launched as Promotional Agency for Development of Micro Enterprises (PADME) by the then Planning Council of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in 1997. However, the responsibility for the management of the program was transferred to Central Tibetan Relief Committee (CTRC) on 7th April, 2003.

Due to the change in nature and expansion of the program, it was renamed as Youth Empowerment Support (YES). The main objective of the program is to promote gainful employment to the unemployed Tibetan youths in settlements who are school drop-outs or has failed to complete their formal education by providing them with relevant skill training and further support for start-up loans in setting up of micro-enterprises in the settlements. Thus serving the dual purpose of gainfully employing the youths and provide sustenance to the Tibetan community in the settlements.

Aims/Objective of YES

  • To empower Tibetan youths through appropriate career guidance, promotion & support of self-managed enterprises.
  • To motivate the youth to have a positive outlook & engage in diverse economic activities.
  • To impart relevant skill training
  • To coordinate suitable job placement
  • To provide soft start-up loans to set up micro-enterprises

The skill training program under YES is currently implemented in two training center which are Institute of small trade learning (ISTL) started skill training program from 2003 and Tibetan Career center (TCC) established in 2013.

  1. The Institute of small trade learning (ISTL) is based in Neelamangala, Bangalore is a residential vocational training institute and every year 90 to 110 trainees complete various skill training program from the institute and gets employed in different sector as per their skill. The institute also provides placement to the trainees after completion of their training and the placement rate of the ISTL has been remarkably high. The age limit for the Skill training is 18 to 35.

    Institute for Small Trade Learning (ISTL), Nelamangala, Bengaluru
    Skill Training Schedule at ISTL Nelamangala, Bengaluru
    Courses Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar
    Basic & Advanced Beautician 1st Batch 2nd Batch 3rd Batch
    Basic & Advanced Hairdressing 1st Batch 2nd Batch 3rd Batch
    Medical Transcription 1st Batch 2nd Batch
    Cookery 1st Batch 2nd Batch
    Graphic Web Designing 1st Batch
    Computer Hardware & Networking 1st Batch
    Hotel Management 1st Batch
    Tailoring CLOSED
  2. The Age limit for the ISTL Skill training is above 18 to 35 years of age.

YES program also undertakes other skill training program such as Motor Driving training at the settlement level depending on the availability of the funding partner.

B) YES Micro-credit:

Micro-credit scheme is one of such means through which we provide low interest rate loans to the unemployed youth to start their own Micro enterprises to earn a decent living. Thus, making them self-reliant & free from the existing dependency syndrome. The loan should be applied through one's own settlement office & the approved loan amount is also released through the same.

Certain norms are formulated for applying loan. The programme is open to all the people falling in the age range of 18 years minimum and 40 years maximum. However, priorities are given to those who have undergone skill training under the CTRC's YES programme and looking forward to setting up the same enterprise within their own settlement or a radius of 300 Kms from the settlement. Detailed business plan is required to be submitted as per the given business plan format. The ceiling for the micro-credit is set at ₹ 100,000/- for an individual enterprise, ₹ 300,000/- for a partnership of 2 people, and ₹ 500,000/- for a group of more than 3 people. As the programme is entirely meant for empowerment purpose, the interest charged on the capital is barely 3% per annum with the maximum repayment duration of 5 years. The repayment schedule is mandatory for each loan depending upon the nature of the enterprises. All possible legal agreements secured to run the disbursement system smoothly.

  • To provide financial assistance to set up micro-enterprises to promote self-employment.
  • The ceiling for micro-credit is set at ₹ 100,000/- for an individual enterprise, ₹ 300,000/- for a partnership, ₹ 500,000/- for more than 3 partnership with interest merely at 3% p.a.
  • Although YES Micro-credit Loan is open to all, first priority is given to the skill-trained youths from YES Skill Training program, and organic related farming, the rest would be to the lay people wanting loan to set up a sustainable micro enterprises.
  • The enterprise location should not exceed 300 kilometres from the Tibetan settlement.

Ever since the YES micro credit program was started it has benefitted 249 Individual unemployed Tibetan youths in starting their own business in and around settlement. An INR of more than 26 million have been loaned to the 249 Tibetan youths which have not only benefitted them but also their family economic condition. This particular program not only helps individuals in monetary terms but also in promoting settlement viability and sustainability.

Y E S    R E V O L V I N G    L O A N    S T A T U S
Settlement Loan Amount
Cleared Clearing Defaulter Total
Dickyi Larsoe, Bylakuppe, Karnataka State 2,938,349.00 17 6 - 23
Dekyiling, Uttrakhand 300,000.00 - 3 - 3
Dharamsala, Distt. Kangara, Himachal Pradesh 305,000.00 3 1 - 4
Dhondenling, Kollegal, Karnataka State 2,112,238.36 14 8 - 22
Doeguling, Mundgod, Kartaka State 1,857,965.48 18 3 - 21
Kunphenling, Ravangla, Sikkim 100,000.00 1 - - 1
Lugsung Samdupling, Bylakuppe, K'taka State 2,346,227.00 10 6 - 16
Choephelling, Miao, Arunachal Pradesh 99,000.00 1 - - 1
Norgyeling, Bandhara, Maharashtra 790,400.00 7 - - 7
Paonta Choelsum, Paonta Sahib, Himachal Pradesh 100,000.00 1 - - 1
Phendeling, Mainpat, Chattisgarh 2,300,000.00 18 3 - 21
Phuntsokling, Gajapati, Odisha 3,603,000.00 30 - - 30
Sakya Tibetan Society, Puruwala, Himachal Pradesh 156,510.00 2 - - 2
Rabgyeling, Hunsur, Karnataka State 1,163,751.12 8 3 - 11
Sonamling, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir 9,700,000.00 58 38 - 96
TOTAL 27,872,440.96 188 71 0 259
Individuals  > 189
Group in 2s x 14  > 28
Group in 3s x 14  > 42 259

As of 27-Dec-2018

C) YES Tibetan Career Center:

Ms. Tsering Choezom
Mr. Tashi Samdup
Ms. Jigme Lhamo
Ms. Tenzin Choezin
Current Staffs of TCC:
Tibetan Career Centre,
Old Reception Center,
Jogiwara Road.,
P.O. Mcleod Ganj - 176219,
Dharamshala, Distt. Kangra - H.P.

Tibetan Career Center (TCC) is a project initiated by Technoserve, an international organization with the collaboration of Department of Home, Central Tibetan Administration in the year 2012-2013 and later after seeing the importance and impact created by Tibetan Career Centres on Tibetan community, the Youth Empowerment Support (YES) section of the Department of Home, Central Tibetan Administration, Dharamsala continued its activities with the aim to meet the need of professionals in growing job market and to explore the skill related training avenues, and to create better employment opportunities for the existing Tibetan youth.

This project came up after research study carried out by Technoserve in 23 Tibetan settlements in India and found that 60% of Tibetan youth are either seasonal unemployed or unemployed youth which is a grave problem to be taken great concern and addressed as its not only hit individual and family but also deteriorate social and economic condition of the community and cause identity crisis.

Curently TCC have three main program:

  1. Counselling and placement cell:

    The career counselling is provided to unemployed Tibetan youth, school and collage going students and in addition to that parental counselling is also provided to the parents in the Tibetan settlement. The TCC also disseminates information about the various job opportunities available in the Tibetan community and in the market through which the job aspirant is connected to prospective employers.

  2. Computer training section:

    The section provides computer training to the students under the certification of Institute for Advanced Computer Technology (IACT) where Diploma in Web Designing, Indesign, Basic Computer course, Tally accounting program and certificate in Photoshop are being taught. Basic English/Tibetan Typing and Basic computer fundamentals are exclusively taught to the trainees who doesn't have the minimum requirement to avail the certification from the IACT since its minimum requirement is VIIIth standard thus this training is helpful especially to the newly arrived Tibetans from Tibet and those who doesn't have the minimum required educational qualifications. Apart from the regular computer courses and training various Workshops and seminar are being conducted to the trainees.

  3. Hair dressing training section:

    The 3-month introductory Jawed Habib certified Hairdressing training program is part of a larger initiative of the Tibetan Career Centre to reduce unemployment among young Tibetans in exile. The certification is done under the Jawed Habib Foundations.

    Course Name: Hair Dressing (Jawed Habib Certified)
    Duration: 3 months
    Eligibility: Open
    Seat Vacancy: 20 per batch
    Course Briefs: Hair structures, skin & scalp disorders, health in salon, consultation, etiquette, retailing, hairdressing tools, long hairdressing equipments, roller setting, shampoos, conditioners, treatment, methodology, blow-dry, technical and various cuts.