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18 March 2017

Launching of skills universities doubtful due to HRD Ministry’s Confrontation

Quodsi everti ancillae vim qui lorem persius petentium Launching of skills universities doubtful due to HRD Ministry’s Confrontation

NEW DELHI, MARCH 18 (ENA) The launching of skill universities is doubtful as Ministry of Human Resources and Development (HRD) has resisted the plan. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Skills Minister had earlier announced that skill universities would be launched to equip the students with vocational skills. However, the proposal has been abandoned for now.

Giving an explanation in Rajya Sabha on March 16, 2017, Rudy expressed that the proposal for the establishment of skill universities gained positive response from various ministers.

However, the proposal faced opposition from the HRD Ministry. He further explained that it is not possible to go ahead with the proposal without clearance from higher authorities.

Rudy specified that a working group had been set up by Ministry of Skills and Development in March 2015. The main objective of the working group was to prepare a road map for implementing the proposal.

In April 2015, the group presented a draft bill and report to set up skill universities. Later, several ministers hailed the proposal while Department of Higher Education and HRD Ministry had different views on the proposal and resisted it.

Rudy clarified that the Ministry of Skills and Development has been examining the comments they have received regarding the proposal. Apart from HRD Ministry and Department of Higher Education, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) also resisted the proposal. However, the DIPP did not disclose the reasons for not supporting the proposal.

An official of HRD Ministry revealed that the ministry had questioned the plan of the varsity. The ministry had raised the question as to why there should be separate skill universities. He further added that the University Grants Commission has already directed all the universities and colleges to introduce courses in vocational skills in Bachelor’s degree.




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