Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan has advocated the
need of setting-up a vocational training university in the state. He was
speaking at the inauguration of a symposium on ‘Maharashtra: Past, Present and
Future’ as part of the year-long celebrations of the birth centenary of the
first chief minister of Maharashtra Yashwantrao B. Chavan.
“I have been consistently advocating the need for
creating a vocational training university in Maharashtra to provide short-term,
skill-based courses to our educated as well as uneducated youth. I will be
happy to have some initiative on this front,” Sankaranarayanan said.
Quoting a study, Sankaranarayanan said more than 57 percent
of educated youth suffer from varying degrees of skill deficit.
“The number of persons registered with employment
exchanges in the state is five million. The number of those not registered
could be at least five times the figure,” he said.
“We, therefore, need skill development initiatives to
make our youths employable,” he added.
“As Chancellor of universities in the state, I am
particularly interested in promoting access and excellence in higher education.
With 20 universities in which almost three million students are pursuing higher
education, the state has an excellent pool of educated people,” he said.
“Maharashtra has some world-class educational
institutions in engineering, technology, science, social science and other
areas. We also have the best of agricultural universities. However, our
enrolment in higher education is much low considering our high levels of
literacy,” he added.