Hyderabad: The Central government is
planning to establish 10,000 Industrial Training Institutes
(ITIs) in rural areas across the country for imparting
technical training to youths.
Union Minister of State for Planning V Narayanasamy
announced this while inaugurating the first national
convention of rural institutes, organised by the National
Council of Rural Institutes, here today.
"We have opened the flood gates for foreign investment
in the education sector. Our thrust is on expanding the
educational infrastructure in the rural areas by opening more
institutes and universities," the minister said.
He said plans were afoot to set up one rural
university in each backward and tribal clusters across the
country. Besides, 25,000 schools would also be set up in rural
areas under the Public-Private Partnership mode.
The ambitious Bharat Nirman programme launched by the
Government of India with an outlay of Rs one-lakh-crore has
helped in containing migration of rural people to urban areas
to a certain extent besides creating better infrastructure in
villages, he added.
"With emphasis on rural education and health care
apart from infrastructure development, people in rural areas
could feel better off. We can stop migration through such
efforts," Narayanasamy said.
National Council of Rural Institutes chairman S V
Prabhath, former director of IIT-Madras P V Indiresan and
others were present.