Ranchi : Skill Development figured large in the Budget of 2018-19; with the sector being allotted Rs 831.40 crores, over a hundred crores more than the earlier year. In his budget speech, Chief Minister Raghubar Das outlined the state’s plan to carry forward the initiative of developing Jharkhand as the skill hub of the country. Mega-Skill Centres have been proposed in each district of the state in the upcoming financial year.
Raghubar Das, in his budget speech, said: “Skill Development and employment is the prime focus of the government this year. We will work towards boosting the skill-based training sector so that youngsters from Jharkhand have better job opportunities.”
Das also promised 50,000 government job openings to the youth of the state in his budget speech. A separate Skill University will also be opened to train the youth of the state for certified job skills. A target of training 3 lakh individuals has been set for the year 2018-19 under the Skill Development Mission of the state.
The government has also promised to set up handicraft emporiums in Ranchi, Deoghar, Bokaro, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur and Rajrappa to provide a selling platform to tribal handicraft workers in the state. 4.5 lakh women will also be benefited under the initiatives to train them under various skill development projects.
With a total of Rs1219.96 crores allotted to higher education, the university level education setup is also set for a revamp in the state. While the Nilambar Pitambar University, Vinod Bihari Mahato University and Raksha Shakti University will have their all new campuses by the end of next year, every university will have a postgraduate department at the district level to make higher education more accessible to the masses.
Separate funds to boost research in universities, construction of lab and motivations centers in colleges have also been set aside in the budget. A start-up fund will also be set up in each university to boost the entrepreneurial initiatives of the students.
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