HP to open Skill University to enhance youth’s employability

North Gazette News/Shimla
Himachal government was planning to invite reputed organizations to open a Skill University in the state to enhance employability of students, a state government official said on Sunday.

The government official said that with the aim of promoting skills and improving employability of students, vocational education in trades like automobiles, retail, security, healthcare, tourism and agriculture from 9th to 12th Class have been started from the last financial year.

“Besides this, the state government is also contemplating to invite reputed organizations to open a Skill University in the state,” he said, adding that the vocational education would be extended in another 100 government Senior Secondary Schools during the current financial year.

The official said that the objective of the government was consolidation and qualitative improvement of education, capitalization on natural advantages in tourism, socio-economic upliftment of weaker section of the society by providing skilled man power as per the demand of the industry to meet the future challenges set up by the rapidly changing economy.

“Since over 90 per cent of our population lives in rural areas, thus stress is being laid on upgrading skills of rural youth. As many as 8,000 Rural Youth belonging to BPL category would be covered under the National Rural Livelihood Mission and 5,000 youth from the urban area would be covered under the National Urban Livelihood Mission during the current financial year,” he said.

He said that the government was ensuring that at least 70 per cent employment in all the upcoming industrial, power and tourism units was provided to Himachalis. “The government is committed to accelerate the pace of industrial development but also to provide more employment opportunities to the youth of the state,” he said.

As a special incentive to the entrepreneurs, any new industry, which employs more than 300 Himachalis would be charged only 1 per cent electricity duty for five years.

“To plan, co-ordinate and implement most of the Skill Development Schemes of the state, the government has made a budgetary provision to establish Himachal Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation and the government would also encourage public-private interface for skill upgradation of the youth on a large scale,” he added.

He added that the government had sent a proposal to access funding through Asian Development Bank to facilitate providing quality and certified skills to unemployed youth to ensure their gainful employment. “The Project would be implemented for a period of five years to upgrade skill of one lakh unemployed youth of the state,” he added.