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Maharashtra government here today launched 'Kaushalya Setu', its skill development programme for students.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) Rajiv Pratap Rudy and state Education Minister Vinod Tawde were present on the occasion.
Under the Kaushalya Setu initiative, students of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education, who fail to clear Class X or SSC exam, would be accommodated in the skill development courses, so that they do not lose a year.
Praising the initiative, Fadnavis said, "We have started various skill development programmes, but this (Kaushalya Setu) is the best among them."
"Maharashtra will play a leading role in fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Skill India Mission-2020," he added.
Rudy said, "This is a pilot project and if it is successful, it will change the fortune of the entire country."
Elaborating on the initiative, Tawde said, "No student (of Class X) will be termed failed in the exam, but will be provided training as per his skills under this initiative."
Under this programme, no student will sit at home after matriculation and will receive skill-oriented training, the minister said.
"The programme will give a big boost to Modi's dream of skill development as about 24,000 students will be provided training under 'Kaushalya Setu' initially," Tawde said.