Rajasthan as new hub of higher education is taking steps to empower youth

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Emerging as a new hub for higher education, Rajasthan is taking steps for youth empowerment through skill development, vocational courses and employment-oriented initiatives. Minister of State for Higher Education Rajendra Yadav has brought the National Education Policy-2020 at the top of the agenda of the state government.

Shri Yadav said here on Thursday that the quality of higher education has improved with steps like establishment of new colleges, increase in enrollment of girls in universities and promotion of more than 1300 teachers in government colleges. The members of the State Council of Higher Education will meet every two months and discuss the outcome of the new initiatives.

The state government has assured support to all universities for their strategies to implement the National Education Policy with emphasis on making students employable and enabling them to take up new ventures. Shri Yadav has also discussed the salient features of the new policy with the Vice Chancellors of the universities.

Jaipur-based Rajasthan University intends to introduce a new semester system and start vocational courses along with the implementation of the policy. Vice Chancellor Rajeev Jain said that the infrastructure of the university would be improved and human resources would be harnessed for academic excellence.

The members of the State Council of Higher Education also discussed the possibility of deriving benefits of new initiatives and developing a mechanism to ensure attendance of students in regularly conducted classes. Sanjay Lodha, member-secretary of the council, said the higher education body would be strengthened to benefit all stakeholders.