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.