Govt. to set up skill development varsity

25 colleges to come up under it

Published - October 26, 2019 12:56 am IST - VIJAYAWADA

The State government will establish a university and 25 affiliated colleges under it to impart skill development training to youth. The decision was taken at a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday.

The colleges will be useful to the students who are pursuing ITI, polytechnic, engineering and other courses. All the government departments would also be coordinating with the university. The students would be given an apprenticeship for a year to improve their skills and if necessary, it would be extended by six months. An IAS officer would be appointed in three or four days for the smooth functioning of the university and also for undertaking skill development programmes. Funds would be generated by the Finance Department for skill development and employment generation instead of separate departments.

Mr. Jagan also decided to digitalise the existing employment exchanges and provide an application like the Ola and Uber. Efforts would be made to map the existing skill development resources locally at the village secretariat level. Similarly, skill development resources would be provided locally for any work. Efforts would be made to provide employment opportunities to people through skill development. Finance Minister B. Rajendranath Reddy, Education Minister A. Suresh, Industries Minister M. Goutham Reddy, Chief Secretary L.V. Subramanyam were among those who attended the review meeting.

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