President Pranab Mukherjee said equal attention should be also provided to skill development of youth in large scale. He also observed that access to elementary education would be a focus area in the 12th Plan.
“It is equally vital to carry forward the important task of skill development in our youth if we want to fully realise the dividends from the demographic orientation of our country,” he said while referring to the recently launched National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF).
The framework provides for horizontal and vertical mobility between vocational and general education.
“The task of skill building should be taken up on a very large scale so as to properly equip and motivate the youth of our country for jobs and the country’s economic growth,” he said at a function here commemorating the National Education Day.
Access to elementary education is an area of priority focus in the 12th Five Year Plan, he said, adding that at present, the number of schools has increased to 13.04 lakhs.
The National Education Day is observed to celebrate the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, who was also the first education minister of the country.
Mukherjee said the enactment of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act of 2009 is a “culmination of Azad’s dream” and a promise of the directive principles of the Constitution.