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Govt to add 2 cr seats in higher educational institutes by 2024 : Prez

Govt to add 2 cr seats in higher educational institutes  by 2024 : Prez

New Delhi, Jun 20 (UNI) President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said that the Government is striving to increase the number of seats in the country’s higher educational institutes by one-and-a-half times by 2024.

"With this initiative, 2 crore additional seats would be available for the youth in higher educational institutions," said the President while addressing the Joint Sitting of both the Houses of Parliament.

"In order to attract children early enough, at the school level, towards technology, suitable infrastructure is being created," Mr Kovind said.

"Through the ‘Atal Innovation Mission’, the work of establishing ‘Atal Tinkering Labs’ in about 9,000 schools across the country, is progressing rapidly. Similarly, ‘Atal Incubation Centres’ are being set up in 102 universities and other institutions," the President said.

"Many schemes have been implemented for all-round development of tribal areas. Work is in progress to provide ‘Learning to Earning’ facilities to the youth residing in the forest areas. In tribal dominated areas, ‘Eklavya Model Residential Schools’ are being set up for children. The thrust is on value addition and marketing of forest produce through Van Dhan Kendras," he added.

On Research in higher educational institutions, the President said, "To further strengthen this effort, it is proposed to establish a ‘National Research Foundation’. This proposed foundation will work as a bridge between different Departments of the Central Government, science laboratories, higher educational institutions and industrial institutions."

He also told the Houses that to enable various higher educational institutions of India to find a place in the top 500 educational institutions of the world, they are being encouraged through grant of autonomy and financial assistance.

"To make India a global sports powerhouse, it is important that talented players living in far-flung areas of the country are identified and their selection process is made transparent. To identify the players at the state and district level, it has been decided to widen the ‘Khelo-India Programme’.

"Under this, 2,500 talented players have been selected, and are being trained. Now this facility will be provided to 2,500 new players every year," he said.


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