Governor K. Sankaranarayanan Friday said he looked forward to some
initiative on creating a vocational training university in the
"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.
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.
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.
On the other hand, Sankaranarayanan also commended the state's
progress stating that during the last 52 years, it has made
spectacular progress in as diverse areas as power generation,
irrigation, agriculture, cooperation, communications and many
He also said that the biggest strength of Maharashtra is its
people and that they are broad-minded and hardworking.
"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.
The symposium was attended by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan,
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Chairman of Maharashtra
Legislative Council Shivajirao Deshmukh, Speaker of Maharashtra
Legislative Assembly Dilip Walse Patil and other ministers of the