New Delhi: Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey yesterday informed Lok Sabha that the erstwhile Planning Commission had supported Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati to evaluate the UGC Career Oriented Courses on employability of the students in South India. The University submitted its report to NITI Aayog in 2014. The report states that the courses offered at colleges are mostly market oriented, need based and are able to promote skills in the areas concerned and career oriented. However, the report also recommended that vocational training should also be provided along with regular education through career oriented courses to increase the coverage of students.
University Grants Commission (UGC)’s scheme titled “Introduction of Career Oriented Courses in Universities and Colleges” aims at introducing career and market oriented, skill enhancing add-on courses at undergraduate level which will prove beneficial for jobs, self-employment and empowerment of the students. Career oriented courses under this scheme will follow a progressive approach and involve field work/project work/practical training activities so as to make the course useful in upgrading the skill sets of students.
Further, the universities and colleges prepare the syllabi for a course keeping in mind the subject specific academic needs and industry requirements to make the courses relevant. Besides this scheme, the UGC also implements three other career oriented schemes viz. Community Colleges, B.Voc Degree Programme and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya KAUSHAL Kendras to improve the quality of skill oriented education to ensure employability of students and make them industry ready.
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