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YOUNG PROFESSIONAL Scheme

Introduction:

1. The Young Professional (YP), scheme was introduced in CAPART in 1988 with the main objective of inducting professionalism in the development sector. This was done by recruiting post graduates from disciplines related to rural development viz. social work, forestry, agricultural engineering, marketing, etc., and subsequently placing them with organisations such as DRDAs, NGOs, Ministry and CAPART offices. The selection of the candidates is done through campus interviews from various institutions located across the country.

 2. The selected students are provided 15 days Orientation training which also include field exposures to established NGOs. After the orientation, these Young Professionals are  then placed on a cost sharing basis with NGOs working in the rural areas and also with DRDAs. The appointment of YPs is on contract for a fixed period during which they are exposed to both administrative and field level work.

3. In order to encourage the YPs to continue working in the developmental sector, a Scheme known as “Starter Package” was introduced in 1994 under which one time grant would be provided to those YPs who are interested to set up NGOs.  The grant would be sanctioned in the name of the organization and is meant for creating infrastructure, meeting the expenditure on stipend of the YP for 12 months and on other routine administrative matter including the cost of conducting initial baseline survey of the area where the NGO would like to work.

4. The salient features of the YP Scheme are as under:-

4.1  Tenure of the YP

      The appointment of the YP is on a non renewable contract basis for a period of  2 years only. The tenure will invariably start from 1st August every year, irrespective of the date of joining. The term is not extendable under any circumstances.  The contract can be terminated by either side without assigning any reason after giving one-month’s notice or one month remuneration in lieu of the notice.  

YPs intending to leave before the completion of one year are liable to refund one month’s remuneration to CAPART in addition to one-month’s notice. For YPs in their second year either one month’s notice or one month’s remuneration in lieu of the notice is acceptable.  The completion of the term will not render the candidate to have been vested with any right for regularization or employment in CAPART or NGO/DRDA wherever they are posted.

4.2 Procedure for Recruitment

The selection of the YPs will be done from among post graduates only through campus interviews from various rural based institutions with the background of social work, rural development, marketing, agricultural engineering, forestry, etc. from all over India.   Individual CVs/applications will not be entertained for selection of the YPs under any circumstances.

 4.3  Remuneration

The candidates recruited under the scheme are paid a consolidated remuneration of Rs.9,000/- p.m. in the first year and Rs.10,000/- p.m. in the second year.  The sharing of remuneration by the host organizations where the YPs are placed is as under:-

A.       With NGO

Term

NGO’s share

(in Rs.)

CAPART’s share

 (in Rs.)

Total

 (in Rs.)

1st year

3000

6000

9000

2nd year

3000

7000

10000

 

B.       With DRDA/Govt. Institutions (Central or State)/State Departments

Term

DRDA’s share (in Rs.)

CAPART’s share (in Rs.)

Total (in Rs.)

1st year

5000

4000

9000

2nd year

5000

5000

10000

 

C.       When posted with CAPART HQs/RCs/ GOI  Ministry

1st Year                   Rs.9,000/- paid by HQ/RC

2nd Year                  Rs 10,000/- paid by HQ/RC

No other allowances such as DA/CCA/HRA are admissible. 

4.4  Each of the organizations requiring the services of  YPs will have to deposit with CAPART, in advance on a quarterly basis, the amount payable by them @ Rs 9000 per YP (Rs 3000 X 3) which will be adjusted against the remuneration to be paid directly to the YPs by CAPART. DRDAs will have to deposit @ Rs 15,000 per YP (Rs 5000 X 3).

4. 5   Postings

            The placements of the YPs will invariably include one rural NGO  or DRDA posting preferably during the  first year.

 4.6  Leave Rules

The YPs are entitled to casual leave for 8 days, restricted holidays for two days and earned leave for 15 days on an annual year basis. i.e. Aug-July.  They are not to be sanctioned leave without pay beyond 30 days during their internship except on health grounds on production of medical certificate and any other urgent domestic work of serious/important nature.  However, the two year period will not be correspondingly extended to cover the shortfall.

If any YP applies for leave on maternity ground, the earned leave entitled to the YP during the tenure i.e. 30 days will be adjusted against the total period of absence and the balance up to a maximum of forty-five days would be treated as maternity leave.   Any absence beyond this would be treated as leave without pay.

The above rules are applicable to the YPs working with HQ and RCs of CAPART.

In case of YPs posted to NGOs/ DRDAs/ Government Institutes (State or Central)/ State Departments,  the leave rules of the concerned agency are applicable which has to be spelt out clearly.

4 .7  Travel Rules

If any YP is posted with CAPART HQs or RC, his/her travel expenditure for official tour is reimbursed by the CAPART Headquarter or RC as per CAPART norms.  For payment of TA, the selected YP will be considered on par with the Research Officer of CAPART. 

If the YP is posted with NGOs/ DRDAs/ Government Institutes (State or Central)/ State Departments, he/she is entitled to the travel rules of the agency concerned, as the case may be.

4.8  Progress Report

All the YPs on the roll of CAPART are required to submit monthly progress reports to the MCs.  In the case of YPs working with CAPART HQs, the  monthly reports are to be submitted to the YP division through their respective HODs. 

The MC will review the progress reports and submit his comments / recommendations to the H.Q every month.  YP Division in the HQs is to review the progress reports and take follow up action on the points emerging from the reports.

4.9  Surety Bond

The YP will be required to sign a bond for Rs 9,000/- as security before joining the orientation programme.