Himachal government’s top priority is strengthening education and the government had made budget provision of Rs. 3836 crore for education sector, said Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. Singh was speaking on the occasion of 9th Annual cum Prize Distribution Function “Ek Sham Himachal Ke Naam” of Himachal Pradesh Students Union, Panjab University at Chandigarh here today.
Virbhadra Singh said that the government, in a historic decision, had decided to provide allowance to educated unemployed persons for their skill up-gradation.
“Skill development is the key to employment generation and Government was going to establish State Skill Development Council in the state. Besides this, cash incentives will be given to the meritorious students of Himachal Pradesh who qualifies in admission for IIT’s, IIMs and AIIMS for further higher education,” Singh said.
The Chief Minister said that state government recognize the importance of youth power, and was making strenuous efforts to provide them best opportunities in education, vocational training and creating enormous employment avenues in both government and private sector. He said that government was devoted to strengthen the educational network in the state besides creating an atmosphere where they could get better opportunities for employment and self-employment.
Virbhadra Singh lauded the role of Himachal Pradesh Students Union for actively involving themselves in social and cultural activities He said that such kind of activities help the younger generation to understand their social obligations and responsibilities towards the nation.
Chief Minister appreciated the cultural program presented by the students and announced Rs 2 lakh for H.P. Students Union and gave away prizes to the students for various activities and also distributed prizes to the students.