The first Jan Shikshan Sansthan (Shramik vidyapeeth) was established in Worli in March, 1967 and was commissioned by the Bomaby city Social Education Committee, a voluntary organization engaged in the field of adult education for several years. After the success of the project, Government of India gradually expanded the scheme of JSS in other parts of the country. In the year 2000, the scheme has been renamed as Jan Shikshan Sansthan. By 11 th Five Year Plan (2007-12) the number JSSs were increased to 271 covering 27 States and 02 UTs.

The JSSs are imparting vocational skill training programmes at the door step of the beneficiaries with a minimum cost and infrastructure. JSSs are unique in sense that they do not provide only vocational skills but also include an element of life skills which can help the beneficiary in day to day life. The Jan Shikshan Sansthans are not working in isolation but also conducts convergence programmes with different departments.

The Scheme of Jan Shikshan Sansthan [JSS] formerly known as Shramik Vidyapeeth is a unique creation of Government of India with the challenging mandate of providing vocational skills to non-literate, neo-literates as well as school drop outs. The Scheme is being implementing with public and private partnership since last five decades for the upliftment of women, SC, ST, OBC and Minority in rural and urban slums. JSSs are providing vocational training at doorstep of the beneficiary in the unreached areas.

JSSs conducts vocational courses which have NSQF Compliant, having market demand and higher anticipated income and encourage local traditional arts /courses in their operational areas.

The financial assistance for annual recurring expenditure of JSS is as follows:

Emoluments 16
Programme Expenses 19
Office Expenses 05

One time non recurring grant of Rs.20 Lakh is also providing at the time of sanction of new JSS.

  • Polyvalent approach takes into account; learning needs, convenience of place and time of learners and trainers.
  • Course content, duration, methods, instructional arrangements and financial (CSR supported / Fee based trainings)
  • Livelihood cell to be encouraged the beneficiaries for self and wage employment and linkages with national / state portal for promotion of employment and job melas etc.
  • Courses having NSQF Compliant which has production, service and IT oriented.
  • Life Enrichment Education part of Skill training programme. Digital Literacy and life skills are also incorporated across the course curriculum.
  • Methodology of teaching includes theory, practical. Livelihood experience / apprenticeship, systematic evidence based internal assessment system, online certification, common branding.
  • Training of trainers through National Skill Training Institutes
  • Evaluation includes concurrent and terminal.
  • Feed-back/success story Performa developed.
  • Every Jan Shikshan Sansthan will be evaluated once in three years by an external agency appointed by Directorate of Jan Shikshan Sansthans.
  • A system of self evaluation shall be a part of the programme organized by each JSS. Evaluation shall include:
    • Review regarding fulfilment of the objectives.
    • Feed back for the improvement of the programme particularly curriculum, methods, cost and organization.
    • Impact of the programme on the beneficiaries.
  • Responsibility for the concurrent evaluation shall vest with Board of Management and full time staff of JSS.
  • Directorate of Jan Shikshan Sansthan, Government of India, New Delhi shall formulate evaluation guidelines and circulate to JSSs for compliance.

The guidelines of JSS are comprehensive and clearly spell out the concept and objectives of JSS, its functions, target groups, organisation & management, programme, planning & implementation, selection of vocational courses, staffing & finance, monitoring, evaluation & follow-up, termination procedure, logo, procedure & criteria of new JSS, and Directorate of JSS. These guidelines are expected to help JSSs to carrying out the task in organizing manner.