The Central government is planning to establish 10,000 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in rural areas across the country for imparting technical training to youths.

Union Minister of State for Planning V Narayanasamy announced this while inaugurating the first national convention of rural institutes, organised by the National Council of Rural Institutes, here today.

“We have opened the flood gates for foreign investment in the education sector. Our thrust is on expanding the educational infrastructure in the rural areas by opening more institutes and universities,” the minister said.

He said plans were afoot to set up one rural university in each backward and tribal clusters across the country. Besides, 25,000 schools would also be set up in rural areas under the Public-Private Partnership mode.

The ambitious Bharat Nirman programme launched by the Government of India with an outlay of Rs one-lakh-crore has helped in containing migration of rural people to urban areas to a certain extent besides creating better infrastructure in villages, he added.

“With emphasis on rural education and health care apart from infrastructure development, people in rural areas could feel better off. We can stop migration through such efforts,” Narayanasamy said.

National Council of Rural Institutes chairman S V Prabhath, former director of IIT-Madras P V Indiresan and others were present.

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