President calls universities to expand vocational training

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Vocational Training“India is in the midst of a major demographic transition. Our working age population is increasing by about 12 million annually. But only seven per cent Indians of working age receive vocational training. A majority receive only non-formal training,” said President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.

“We must expand formal vocational training to develop a competent workforce in our country,” he said while attending 3rd annual Convocation of Lovely Professional University (LPU). The President said ‘inspired teachers’ should be recognized and encouraged to share their knowledge, wisdom and philosophy with larger number of students. They can instill in their students correct values.

The President also called upon the Universities to use technology to compensate for shortage of teachers and set up e-class rooms. The President called upon the authorities, students and faculty of the University to play a leading role in taking the university into the ranks of the best in the world. Pointing out that the ancient University of Takshashila was located in Punjab, the President expressed disappointment that there is no Indian University in the top 200 universities of the world.