Skill Development Corp to train Indian youth

August 15th, 2008 - 9:19 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) A Skill Development Corp will be set up to train youths with active participation of the corporate sector, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced here Friday. “India will be transformed only when every Indian is literate, well fed, healthy and can secure gainful employment,” the prime minister said in his Independence Day address to the nation.

“A Skill Development Corporation will be created by the government with the active participation of the private sector to give special training to our young men and women, our workers and our technicians,” he added.

The prime minister said major emphasis has been given in the ongoing Five Year Plan to education.

“As someone who started his professional life as a teacher, I feel proud to say that our government has been giving special attention to the development of education in our country,” he said.

According to him, there was a massive increase in public investment in education at all levels during the rule of his Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government - in elementary education, secondary education and higher education.

“We want every section of our society to get access to education,” he said. “I want to see a modern India, imbued by a scientific temper, where the benefits of modern knowledge flow to all sections of society.”

The prime minister also said that his government had taken decisions to set up the following institutions across the country:

* 6,000 new high quality model schools, one in each block

* 373 new colleges in backward districts

* 30 new universities

* 8 new Indian Institutes of Technology

* 7 new Indian Institutes of Management

* 20 new Indian Institutes of Information Technology

* 5 new Indian Institutes of Science

* 2 more Schools of Planning and Architecture

* 10 new National Institutes of Technology

* 1,000 new polytechnics

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