The State Cabinet has given its in-principle approval to a skill development project, the Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy, has said.
It has also asked the education and labour departments to prepare detailed project reports separately on the additional skill acquisition and enhancement programmes.
The Chief Minister told newspersons here that the aim was to making the qualified unemployed at the metric, higher secondary and degree levels employable.
The departments of higher education, general education, labour and employment would be involved in the exercise.
The National Skill Development Mission would chip in suitably with its assistance, Mr Chandy said.
The cabinet has also decided to enhance the remuneration of guest lecturers in government engineering colleges in the state.
Those with B Tech or M Tech degrees engaging classes of B Tech students would now be eligible to receive Rs 750 an hour, subject to a ceiling of Rs 23,000 a month.
Lecturers with post-graduate degrees, a pass in the National Eligibility Test (NET) and an M Phil with three years of experience would get Rs 600 an hour.
Those without a NET qualification would get Rs 55 an hour. Currently, all these categories are drawing Rs 200 an hour.
Trades instructors and tradesmen would now be eligible to get Rs 200 an hour, the Chief Minister said.