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China to recruit 100,000 graduates to serve at grassroots levels in next five years

04-09-2011 08:11 BJT

BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- China is planning to recruit 100,000 college graduates to work in grassroots units for periods of two to three years by 2015.

The effort is part of the new round of a national campaign to support education, agriculture, medical care and poverty alleviation in China's rural and less-developed regions. About 20,000 graduates will be recruited each year, said a statement issued after a special working conference on Friday.

The recruitment will take place after graduates submit voluntary applications and undergo public selection procedures, according to the statement.

The statement urged all relevant authorities to adopt favorable policies that would provide the graduates in the program with better social security and assistance in finding post-service employment.

It also stipulated that the government and public institutions should reserve a certain number of vacancies for graduates after their participation in the program.

Eight ministry-level departments, including the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS), the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture, first launched the campaign in 2006.

Since then, about 143,000 graduates have entered into contracts of two to three years under the program and served in township-level institutions, said Xin Changxing, vice minister of MOHRSS, at the conference.

Some 90,000 participants had finished their service terms by 2010. Over 80 percent of them had already found post-program employment, with most choosing to remain at the grassroots level, Xin said.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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