Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday decided to set up a university for skill development at the state level.
The Chief Minister decided to set up a college in each parliamentary constituency and affiliate them to the university to improve skill among the students pursuing Industrial Training Institute (ITI), polytechnic, engineering and other courses. All the government departments would also be coordinating with the university.
The students would be given an apprenticeship for a year to improve their skills and if necessary, it would be extended by six months, according to a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.
Jagan, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, conducted a review meeting with concerned officials on skill development and took decisions to provide employment-oriented courses.
An IAS officer would be appointed in three to four days for the smooth functioning of the university and also for undertaking skill development programmes. Funds would be generated by the finance department for skill development and employment generation.
The Chief Minister has also decided to digitalise the existing employment exchange and provide an application like the Ola and Uber. Efforts would be made to map the existing skill development resources locally at the village secretariat level.
The Chief Minister said that 25 colleges in the state would be affiliated to the proposed university. The university would formulate plans for upgrading the technical skills of the students according to the changing technological trends in the world.