World Skill Day Observed in Bihar

Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik and members of the Nitish Cabinet attend World Skill Day function in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: Speaking on the occasion of the World Skill Day at Gyan Bhawan in Patna on Sunday, Governor Satya Pal Malik said that higher education in Bihar had been at its lowest ebb in the last several decades and colleges 'selling' fake B.Ed degrees had become a thriving industry in the state.

"There was no teaching going on in the colleges but degrees were being distributed by somehow holding the exams. We decided to tackle this and introduced combined entrance test for admission in B.Ed classes," the Governor said.

Malik then turned towards the Labor Resources Minister Vijay Kumar Sinha and urged him to stop similar fraud being committed in the Indian Technical Institute (ITI).

Sinha, describing Biharis as a talented lot, said that Bihari youths had left indelible mark in the field of engineering, research, law, education, and social empowerment across the world. He also recognized Biharis' contributions in the defense and security of the nation saying a large number of Biharis were deployed on the country's border allowing others to live their lives without fear or apprehensions of an enemy attack.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said that the NDA government in Bihar had set a goal of training one crore youths of Bihar so they are able to go out in the world and utilize their skills in different areas.

"We will be asking for Rs. 4,815 crore from the 15th Finance Commission for the years between 2020 and 2025 to train 40 lakh young men and women of Bihar. The state government has also decided to recognize students of ITI as matric and inter pass as long as they clear a paper each of English and Hindi of matric level," the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said.

Continuing to paint a rosy future for the students of ITI, Modi said that while the 20th century was defined by the graduates of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), the 21st century would be run by the graduates of ITI since the demographic of Europe, America, and Japan was getting old with not enough young people to fill in their places.

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