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Government launches jobs & counselling portal National Career Service

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The Government has launched an online portal called National Career Service to provide employment services and career counselling, reports the Times of India. The portal claims to have a content repository with information on career options in more than 52 industry sectors and across 3,700 occupations.

The National Career Service (NCS) portal lets users look for a career center, find a career counsellor, skill providers or local help on the platform. However, none of these categories are populated with much information. Registration is mandatory to access features like searching and apply for jobs, finding information on training programs etc. A user manual provided by the platform (pdf), details how users can manage their courses, provide feedback on local services and post grievances etc.

The portal currently allows job seekers, employers, local service, household users, skill providers, counselors, placement organizations or government departments to register. Users also have the option to register with their employment exchange or skill providing institute IDs. The registration form requires mandatory identification using the Aadhaar card, driving license, PAN card, voters ID card, passport or an NREGA job card.

The NCS is managed by the Directorate General of Employment and Training (DGE&T) and the  Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE). The portal will also link to other government initiatives like employment exchanges, career centres and common service centres.

MSME job portal: In June, the Government launched a website for job seekers and employers in the micro, small and medium enterprises sector (MSMEs) to provide job listings in the manufacturing sector for both. As we had reported then, the platform was pretty unusable. The portal was re-launched the following month, pretty much without any job listings.

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NIESBUD Naukri: Note that in July last year, the National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), a training institute under the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprise, launched a dedicated jobs portal targeted at unemployed skilled persons. The initiative was poorly executed and subsequently shut down.

MediaNama’s take: Unlike the Government’s previous two initiatives, the current portal has a pretty usable interface. However, it’s not clear how many listings the portal actually has. Given it lets employers, counselors etc., also register, we presume its upto agencies to adopt the platform and post job listings, course listings etc., and we aren’t sure many will be incentivized to do so. As we have said before, it’s not clear why the government won’t tie up with any of the existing players to launch a unified portal, instead of launching 3-4 different portals on its own. This will make it easier to get a decent number of listings, incentivizing users to use the platform, while keeping the project goals clear and accountable.

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