New Delhi: In a bid to make youths more skilled, the Centre is making efforts to ensure that out of total number of admissions in higher education, 50 per cent seats should be filled up from professional courses by 2020.

According the sources, in the 12th five year Plan (2012-17) the Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry will stress on opening the universities promoting research work.

The government is eager to open about 50 universities in which the maximum number of students should not exceed more than 5000.

In the year 2007-08, out of 1.63 crore admissions in the higher education, only 16 per cent students enrolled in technical and professional courses in the government institutions.

To expedite admissions in the professional colleges, the courses like one or two-year associate degrees or diplomas can be started. A National Body has been constituted for promoting the professional courses in the universities and colleges, to determine the standards.