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PM ask ministries to prepare 2013's plan with focus on SC, ST and minorities

In an attempt to upgrade the skill development programme, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has pressed various key ministries to chalk plan focusing on up gradation of skills of SC, ST and minorities and people with disabilities and women. Heading the National Council on Skill Development in New Delhi, Prime Minister also advised ministries concentrate on sectors with potential like infrastructure, real estate, auto, textile, health care, retail and logistics while designing skill development initiatives.

Providing quality education and skills is a major challenge before India Inc whose 85% of the population is between 15 and 59 years age group. According to Dr. Singh, India can reap the demographic dividend of a young population provided the young citizens of the country are educated and possess the skills required for earning a decent livelihood.

Skill requirement studies state that India will require around 26 crore skilled people by 2018 and around 34 crore by 2022. These studies also indicate necessity to provide quality training to around 8 crore people in the next 5 years.

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