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Iran: University graduates form 30% of unemployed

Tehran, Oct 9, IRNA - Deputy minister of labor and social security said that 30 percent of the unemployed in the country are university graduates. Addressing a one-day seminar on technical and vocational educations in rural affairs development in Rasht, Gilan province, Morteza Sharif-Nasabi added that under diplomas constitute only three percent of the the unemployed.

Iranian University Graduates
(file photos, May 2007)

Currently, 40 percent of the capacity of the technical and vocational centers have been occupied by the graduates, he said.

The youth enter the job market after four or six years of study in universities but they lack sufficient skills and capability, he said, noting that they should attend technical and vocational centers.

"A total of 1,200,000 youth enter job market enter each year," he pointed out.

Sharif-Nasabi, who is also the head of Technical and Vocational Organization, said that since agriculture in villages does not meet employment needs of the youth, they are forced to immigrate to the cities.

In order to prevent the migration of villagers to the cities, the organization is holding educational courses for them, he said.

Some 1,000 rural districts have been considered to host vocational courses, he noted.

Sharif-Nasabi further proposed establishment of skills education centers alongside universities to fill students' leisure times.

Meanwhile, director general of Gilan province Technical and Vocational Department Rasoul Shemshadi said that currently 23 centers are operating across the province.

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