Seats in Tech Institutes to go up to one lakh in two years

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Chandigarh, Feb 2 (UNI) The Haryana Government has fixed a target to increase the number of seats in technical institutes from 48,000 to one lakh within the next two years, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said.

Mr Hooda was addressing the gathering at Janata Vidya Bhawan Educational Institutes, Butana in Sonepat district on the occasion of 105th Jayanti of late Ch Dhajjar Ram, the founder of the institutes in the state.

Mr Hooda said unemployment had become a major problem and it could be solved only by setting up large industries and by imparting qualitative education to the students.

While enumerating the steps taken by the government to promote technical education in the state, Mr Hooda said the number of seats in the engineering institutes had been increased from 23,000 to 48,000 during last 34 months and a target had been fixed to increase the number of seats to one lakh within next two years.

Paying rich tributes to Ch Dhajja Ram, Mr Hooda said he had played a significant role in spreading education in rural areas by establishing Janata Vidya Bhawan educational institutions about 60 years ago.

Mr Hooda reiterated his commitment to provide atleast 20 to 22 hours power supply daily after adding 5000 MW of additional power in the State by 2010.

''The target is to commission one unit every year and the construction works on these units is in full swing,'' he said.

While criticising the Opposition Parties for making false promises and levelling baseless allegations of supply of electicity to Delhi, the Chief Minister claimed that the government was purchasing electricity from the other sources at the rate of Rs seven to eight per unit to meet the power demands particularly in agriculture sector.

The Chief Minister said a number of welfare scheme had been launched for all sections of the society. The state government had set up Haryana Rural Development Authority for providing facilities to the people living in the rural areas at par with the urban areas.

Referring to the demands of the institutions presented by the Chief Patron of the institution, JPS Sangwan, the CM announced a grant of Rs 21 lakh for the institutions and accepted the demand for naming a link road after Ch Dhajja Ram and to provide electicity in the institute on the pattern of Navodaya schools.

The Education Minister Mange Ram Gupta said that the government was introducing vocational education in every school and the number of professional institutes had also been increased. He announced Rs two lakh for library of the institutes.

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