Kerala, traditionally known for its high quality man power spread all over the World and with a high density of science and technology personnel, have always set a model for the national in developmental issues. The realization of the facet that its unemployed population kept swelling despite having a rich talent pool, made it think and devise ways to counter the trend. It is in this context that the Additional Skills Acquisition Programme (ASAP) has been developed to impart sector specific skills to create a labor market ready work force.
The students studying at Government and Government Aided Higher Secondary Schools and at the Arts and Science Undergraduate Colleges will be equipped with sector specific skills to make them employable. ASAP envisages development of skill programmes in three levels, that ism from certificate programmes to dual degree programmes. The programmes shall also be dovetailed to National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework (NVEQF). The starting point will be at level three or four of NVEQF.