Assam Government to Integrate Skill Courses into Higher Education

Guwahati : The Assam government has announced its plan to revolutionize higher education by integrating skill courses into the arts, science, and commerce streams. This transformative initiative aims to equip students with practical skills alongside academic knowledge, preparing them to tackle real-world challenges and thrive in an increasingly competitive job market.

With the introduction of AI and Computer Science at the school level, the government has recognized the importance of aligning education with the demands of the modern workforce. It is now imperative to bridge the gap between theoretical learning and practical application, ensuring that students are well-prepared for diverse career opportunities upon graduation.

The decision to phase out vocational courses in schools underscores the government’s commitment to providing holistic education that combines academic excellence with hands-on training. This shift comes in response to the rising unemployment rates among graduates, highlighting the need for a paradigm shift in educational approach.

Education Minister Ranoj Pegu commended the higher education department for unveiling the opportunities of the semiconductor industry in Assam by hosting a workshop on non-STEM education aligned with industry and academia as per New Education Policy 2020 and the Electronic Sector Skill Council at Gauhati University. Pegu also said, “Glad to witness the large participation of universities and colleges and brainstorming on integrating skills with general education.”

In line with this vision, skill development initiatives have been initiated through the Tata Centre of Excellence in Nalbari, Sonitpur, and Chirang polytechnics. An MoU with Larsen & Toubro will facilitate training sessions in demand-driven trades such as construction skills, leveraging state-of-the-art technology.

Looking ahead, the education department has envisaged at least one ITI in every block of the state by 2026, further bolstering skill development efforts at the grassroots level. They further said Assam is committed to technology integration in education, with ICT Labs Smart classrooms and tele-education initiatives reaching thousands of schools.