The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) has partnered with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), identifying it as one of the nodal agencies for monitoring of five pan-India projects for placement linked skill development programmes under the Swarnjayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojna (SGSY). IGNOU is to provide training in the area of Telecommunications, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Security. Two project implementing agencies are involved in implementing the project across India.
Under this scheme around 45000 rural BPO youths will be trained and at least 75% will be employed suitably in the relevant sector. The programme is being carried out in 20 states, namely, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and West Bengal.