Haryana CM Khattar announces to set up a Skill Development University

Haryana CM Khattar announces to set up a Skill Development UniversityGurgaon: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday announced to set up aSkill Development University in the state.

He said that a proposal for setting up of Skill Development University in Haryana has been sent to the Union HRD Ministry and he hoped that it would get clearance soon.

The University would help in training of teachers in improving their pedagogical skills so that they can prove to be good teachers and be fair to their profession.

He said that Haryana has also set up a Skill Development Mission on the pattern of National Skill Development Mission so as to help the drop out students in their skill upgradation and make them employable.

He was speaking in a Consultative Meeting of North Indian States for preparation of New Education Policy at the national level organised here today.

The one day meeting was jointly organised by Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) and Department of Higher Education of Government of Haryana.

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma, State’s PWD Minister Rao Narbir Singh, Rajasthan Education Minister Vasudev Nani, Punjab Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema, and senior officers of Education Departments from the north Indian states were also present.

In his address, the Haryana Chief Minister said that earlier the education policy used to start from ‘Top to Bottom’ but now for the first time in the country suggestions were taken from village, Block, District and State level for preparation of a comprehensive National education Policy.

“Now the policy is being framed from ‘Bottom to Top’. The new education policy framed after a thorough discussion from all over the country would meet the requirements of the fast growing India, which is heading towards becoming a ‘Vishwa Guru’ (world teacher),” he said, according to an official release.

He was of the view that education should be value based which makes the students employable.

Khattar said that as of now emphasis is laid on ‘3-R’ education, which means Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.

He said that a Skill Development Mission has been set up in the state to take care of the drop out students or who could not take up higher education due to some circumstances in upgrading their skills and make them employable.

Khattar said that in addition to education, the state government has taken steps for ‘good governance’ and the state got appreciation from the Central Government for e-governance.

In the Consultative Meeting, the HRD Minister invited suggestions from the northern Indian states, majority of whom suggested to drop ‘no detention policy’ because, according to them, the poor learning outcome in the primary classes were reflected in the large scale drop outs after class 9th and low percentage of pass outs in class 10th and 12th.

They also emphasized on the need to introduce teacher training from induction level to afterwards for developing better pedagogical skills.

Earlier, Khattar and Irani, along with other ministers, paid floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary.