In India, millions of students are forced to quit school before completing their education due to poverty, backwardness, and various other factors. In a bid to tackle this problem, Karnataka government has launched a website and mobile application that aims to help those who want to avail the services of government for skill development.

Those interested can get registered at Kaushalkar.com— a portal that imparts lessons in market oriented skills under newly created skill development, entrepreneurship and livelihood department. The initiative aims to train school dropouts, candidates from the deprived class and the backward regions of the state for immediate employment.

The portal will be open for registration between May 15 and May 22. There will be reservation for the SCs (20%), STs (7%) and minorities (15%). Within these reservations, there will be 3% quota for the physically challenged and 33% for women. “The department was created under Government Order to provide skill and empower every stratum of the society for a better livelihood” the website says. The app and the website will allow registration of people in the age group of 18 to 35 years who are illiterate or dropouts.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that the new website will impart market driven skills among youth under the skill development policy. “We will ensure that people get market-oriented skills, especially those required in the industrial and manufacturing sectors,” he told Times of India.

With an eye on the Knowledge Commission of Karnataka’s estimated target of 1.80 crore jobs by 2030, he said that the government is planning to create five lakh jobs in the current financial year. Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar has been roped in as the brand ambassador for the programme.