With a view to provide better employment opportunities, the government will set up a special Skill Development Corporation for the youth with active participation of the private sector.
Addressing the nation on the occasion of the 62nd Independence Day, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, "a Skill Development Corporation will be created by the Government with the active participation of the private sector to give special training to our young men and women, our workers and our technicians".
Singh said the government has established a new Skill Development Mission which will work under the supervision of the Prime Minister.
Continuing to focus on the education sector, the Prime Minister said the government was implementing several new scholarship schemes for the educational development of children.
Schemes for pre-matric and post-matric scholarships for children hailing from SC, ST, OBC and minority families are being implemented, he said adding special scholarships for meritorious students from these communities have also been launched.
"Scholarships for overseas studies are being given to SC and ST students. National merit-cum means scholarships for children hailing from economically weaker sections and children with disabilities have also been approved," he said.
Singh asserted that the government was sincerely implementing most of the recommendations of the Justice Sachar Committee report on social, economic and educational empowerment of the Muslim community.