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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has approved a scheme in an attempt to encourage girl students to join technical education, officials said today.
Girl students, who have cleared class X examination, are eligible to get admission into the technical institutes such as ITI under the 'Sudakhya' scheme approved yesterday.
The students, who have passed class VIII exam, can also be enrolled in certain courses, the officials said.
The women students will be provided training under the programme.
Patnaik said the scheme aims at creating self-employment opportunities for girls and women, the officials said adding that it would be in operation for two years - 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Under the scheme, the government has set a target to enrol nearly 5,000 girls in 48 government ITIs in the state by the end of 2017-18.
It also aims at increasing enrolment of girls by 30 percent in the ITIs.