Modi govt about to roll out a mega jobs programme for undergraduates

With unemployment emerging as a major concern ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, three ministries — human resource development, labour and skill development — are set to join hands to train undergraduates and generate jobs for them, starting in 2019.

The Modi government is preparing to roll out a mega ‘apprenticeship’ programme, specifically targeting students of humanities and other nontechnical courses across private and government-funded higher education institutes, to make them more employable and help them get jobs when they graduate.

A six- to 10-month apprenticeship and on-the-job training with prospective employers, backed with stipends, will be arranged for students in the final year of their degree programmes

While technical courses tend to have a better linkage with industry and offer faster employment avenues to graduates, this doesn’t always hold true for nontechnical degree holders. This segment constitutes a significantly high number of those without jobs because only a small percentage opts for post-graduation and further studies. Career counselling and relevant apprenticeship are envisaged as part of the plan to make them job-ready.

Central public sector units, sector skill  councils and big industry will be linked with the programme to ensure high-quality apprenticeship, basic training and on-the-job training to each student passing out of college.

Ministers and top officials of the three ministries held a meeting last week to decide on the contours of the programme, set to be jointly launched over the next few days.
Ministers and top officials of the three ministries held a meeting last week to decide on the contours of the programme, set to be jointly launched over the next few days.

The plan is to start implementation in 2019, targeting 1 million students in the 2019-20 academic session. The larger goal is to bring into effect a national ‘integrated apprenticeship programme’ to ‘improve the employability’ of over 8 million students passing out of degree programmes.

The Rs 10,000-crore corpus of the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme, which has remained largely unused so far, will be unlocked to help fund the stipend-based apprenticeship. The government’s contribution to the stipend will be 25% of the stipend, up to Rs 1,500 per month, a person aware of the plan said.

There will be three key focus areas — adding apprenticeship-based, end-of-degree programmes and linking them with higher education institutes, restructuring the bachelor’s in vocational courses programme to add the apprenticeship module and integrating all higher education institutes with the National Career Service portal.

The portal will be linked with the website of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to create a seamless dashboard displaying student qualifications, eligibility, their apprenticeship and employment status and a waitlist that is updated when the graduates find employment.
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KTR takes charge as TRS Working President , to handle party affairs in Telangana State

A special office will reportedly be set up for KTR at the party headquarters, so it will be easier for him to function out of there.


Senior Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader KT Rama Rao officially took over the reins of the party from his father and state Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday. It was announced last Friday that KTR, as he is more popularly known, was appointed as the party Working President. KTR assumed charge at 11:55 am at an event held in Hyderabad at Telangana Bhavan, the party’s headquarters.

Since early on Monday, several TRS supporters arrived at Telangana Bhavan with flags and banners to catch a glimpse of the leader, as a rally was undertaken with KTR on top of a party campaign vehicle. After entering the TRS headquarters, KTR garlanded the Telangana talli (mother) statue in the premises before heading to the office.

The ‘auspicious time’ was decided by senior party leaders as KTR is not known to be deeply superstitious like his father. However, he agreed to go with the decision.

Senior leaders, including T Harish Rao and almost all incumbent ministers in the previous government, were present at the venue. Traffic restrictions were also in place as TRS supporters took over the road in front of the office that is situated opposite KBR Park.

According to reports, a special office will be set up for KTR at the party headquarters, so it will be easier for him to function out of there.

Last week, TRS President and CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, who has decided to focus on national politics, entrusted the key responsibility to his son, who is seen as number two in the party and the government. The CM has entrusted the responsibility of taking forward the party in accordance with his plan to KTR, the most trusted person in the party, a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office had said.

While the statement claimed that KCR would be preoccupied with governance activities like expediting construction of irrigation projects and also implementing electoral promises in letter and spirit, it is also seen as a clear shift by the Telangana Chief Minister to work on the ‘Federal Front’ that he has been talking about.

“As of now, KCR wants to concentrate more on Delhi, but they are likely to follow in the footsteps of how Akali Dal transferred power from Prakash Singh Badal to his son Sukhbir. KTR is first being given the party to learn political organising and gain experience on that front, before being given a senior leadership position in the government, like a Deputy CM. But there is still time for that,” a party insider had told TNM earlier.

KTR, the only son of KCR, was re-elected to the Assembly from the Sircilla constituency. KTR was Minister for Industry and Information Technology in the previous cabinet. He is likely to be inducted in the new cabinet next week.

It also remains to be seen what post KCR’s nephew, Harish Rao, who is the competitor to KTR, will get in the newly-formed Telangana government. Harish, considered as a leader with a mass base, has been associated with the TRS since it was floated by KCR in 2001. KTR had quit his job in the US to return and join the Telangana movement before the 2009 elections.

Harish, who was earlier reported to be unhappy with KCR’s plans to promote his son as his heir apparent, congratulated KTR on being entrusted with the key responsibility and hoped that he would further strengthen the party.

Harish, who served as a minister in KCR’s previous cabinet and is likely to be inducted in the new cabinet next week, told reporters that he and KTR worked together in the recent elections and they would continue to do so.

Reports suggest that though Harish Rao won with a thumping majority from Siddipet, there is a possibility that he would contest the Lok Sabha polls in 2019 and be given a larger role in the Centre.




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Kamal Nath to take oath as Madhya Pradesh CM on December 17

Tiding over internal troubles and factionalism, Congress party in a late Thursday night development announced 72 year old Kamal Nath as the next chief minister of Madhya Pradesh.

With this, Nath, a former union minister and nine-time Lok Sabha member from Chhindwara constituency of Madhya Pradesh, breaks the 15 year long run of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state. He is also the first Congress chief minister in the last five years to succeed a BJP chief minister.

The announcement was made on late Tuesday night by of A K Antony, former union minister and party observer for the state. Antony said Nath was being elected “unanimously” as the new Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader at meeting of the newly elected MLAs.

“It is a challenging time and we will all together fulfil the promises made in our ‘Vachan Patra’,” Nath said in Bhopal when asked about Congress’ main poll promise of farm loan waiver in the state’s manifesto.

After the announcement, Nath thanked Jyotiraditya Scindia, senior party leader and campaign committee chief, by saying: “He has supported me and that matters a lot.”

He added that he was “hungry” for Congress’ return to power in the state and asserted that the party has got “unconditional” support from Mayawati led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party (SP).

Hours before the announcement, Congress president Rahul Gandhi shared a photo of him with Scindia and Nath on Twitter and quoted Leo Tolstoy as “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”

Congress’ troubles over chief ministerial selection however continues in both Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Both the top leaders, Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, held another round of late night meetings with Gandhi on Tuesday but senior party leaders say issues are yet to be ironed out.




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Ashok Gehlot To Be Rajasthan Chief Minister, Sachin Pilot Gets Deputy’s Post

Two-time chief minister Ashok Gehlot will be chief minister of Rajasthan and Sachin Pilot has accepted the Deputy Chief Minister’s post.  An official announcement on the matter has been made.

Rahul Gandhi, who met both Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot at his residence yesterday, made his final decision today. While Ashok Gehlot is backed by the party leadership, Sachin Pilot is popular among the youth. After yesterday’s meetings, sources say Ashok Gehlot has an edge.

Party observer for Rajasthan KC Venugopal said, “Taking decision on CM is not an easy job. The final decision will be taken tomorrow (today, Friday) in a meeting to be held around 10 am.”

K C R appoints son KTR as TRS working president

Making clear his intentions to concentrate on national politics, Telangana Rashtra Samithi Party President and Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao, Friday appointed his son K Taraka Rama Rao as the TRS Party Working President (Executive President). This elevation is being seen as the first step by KCR to anoint his son as CM at a later stage while he takes a bigger role in national politics.

With a landslide victory, there is no opposition in the party to KCR’s decision to elevate his son. However, it is a shock to his nephew T Harish Rao, a popular leader within TRS as well as in the state, who won from Siddipet with a margin of over 1.10 lakh votes. Harish Rao is the trouble-shooter with organisational skills in the party but with KCR’s popularity at an all-time high, he may have no choice but to accept his cousin’s elevation. KTR did not hold any position in the party in the existing setup

K T Rama Rao, 42, was Minister for IT, Panchayati Raj, and Municipal Administration and Urban Development in KCR’s first Cabinet. He was re-elected from Sircilla with a margin of 89,909 votes. Suave and tech-savvy, KTR is very popular among youth, and even before he was officially elevated today as working president, he was already accepted as second-in-command by most TRS leaders. He is credited with initiating and establishing T-hub, the incubator for business start-ups in Hyderabad.

KTR is also likely to be made a minister in KCR’s second term. As working president, KTR will also take care of the day-to-day party affairs, organisational matters, and make efforts to expand the party. “He has a good temperament and is very popular in the TRS. He is smart and intelligent. He has honed his skills over the years and is a rising star in the party. I think his elevation as working president is good of the party,’’ TRS leader K Keshava Rao said.

Responsibilities among others, enrolment of party membership, constructing party offices in districts and develop the party as the strongest one, have been entrusted to KTR. CM KCR is of the opinion to develop TRS as the largest party in the country. KTR who has been successfully and efficiently handling and performing the roles and responsibilities of both party and government, has been entrusted with the new role of working president by KCR. CM Rao strongly believes and is confident that the working style, the commitment, the direction and leadership qualities of KTR will help in leading the TRS party efficiently and effectively by him in the days to come.

On Tuesday, KCR has said that he would be soon forming a non-Congress, non-BJP national party with a consortium of regional parties.

KCR said he has decided to concentrate more time on national politics to bring a qualitative change in his political activity on a countrywide level. KCR took this decision of appointing KTR as working president, with a view to entrust the responsibility of party affairs to a most trusted and efficient person, since he would be preoccupied with the governance activities like expediting construction of irrigation projects and also to implement the electoral promises in letter and spirit, a statement said.

With the strong belief that TRS party alone saves Telangana, people overwhelmingly supported the party and elected it with a landslide victory in the recent elections, the statement said. In view of KCR’s decision to play a pivotal role in national politics and take forward the welfare and development programs in the state, the workload on him would be increased. Against this background, KCR has entrusted the responsibility of taking forward the party in accordance with his plan, to KTR, the most trusted person in party.




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Election Results LIVE 2018 – Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram

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–Congress looks strong in Rajasthan, leading in 20 seats. With lead in 17 seats, TRS consolidates position in Telangana.

–30 minutes into counting, TRS ahead in early leads – Jogu Ramanna leads in Adilabad



Close fight between the BJP and Congress in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Congress takes big early lead in Rajasthan. TRS leads in Telangana.


The results for assembly elections to five states – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Mizoram and Chhattisgarh – will be declared tomorrow. The time of the start of vote counting is 8 am. Election trends will start coming out soon. The election results 2018 are important as it may impact 2019 general elections. All the major political parties would want to end the year on a winning note.

The Election Commission of India has made all the necessary arrangements for the poll results. In Telangana, the Chief Electoral Officer said necessary arrangements have been made for the counting day and the strongrooms, where voting machines are kept, are secured with central paramilitary forces providing. Here are the answers to some of the questions related to assembly election results.

Election result date: The election results 2018 will be announced on December 11.

Election results time: The counting will begin at 8 am. The results will be declared in the evening.

Where to watch election news coverage: Election Coverage starts when counting begins

The Telangana election results, the Madhya Pradesh election results, theRajasthan election results, the Chhattisgarh election results and Mizoram election results will announced tomorrow by the Election Commission.

Exit polls for five states in elections have predict a worrying outcome for the BJP in three heartland states, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. An aggregate of exit polls shows the BJP’s winning streak is set to end in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, both heading for hung verdict.




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EVM Ballot Unit Found On Rajasthan Highway, Fans Tampering Worries


  • EVM was found on the highway number 27 near Mugawali village
  • Two officials have been suspended on grounds of negligence
  • Counting of votes will be held on December 11

An Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) was found lying on a road in Shahabad area of Kishanganj Assembly Constituency in Baran district of Rajasthan on Friday.

After the voting in Rajasthan, the EVM was found lying unclaimed on the highway number 27 near Mugawali village in Baran district. And after the villagers reported about the same, the police took possession of the machine.

A seal on the EVM revealed that the machine was used during the election.

Two officials, Abdul Rafeek and Naval Singh Patwari, have been suspended on the grounds of negligence, according to news agency ANI.

A turnout of 72.7% was recorded in Rajasthan in Friday’s polling.

Around 52,000 polling booths, including at least one all-women booth in each constituency, were set up. More than 2 lakh EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were used for the polling.

In the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, over 2,000 candidates are fighting for 199 assembly seats.

Counting of votes for the Rajasthan assembly election will be held on December 11.




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