Central University will offer skills development programs for dropouts

Vice Chancellor Battu Satyanarayana says courses are designed to impart skills required by industry

Vice Chancellor Battu Satyanarayana says courses are designed to impart skills required by industry

After being selected as one of the skills centers by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship of the Union Government, Central University of Karnataka has decided to offer two one-semester programs – Digital IT Desk Assistant and Heritage Tour Guide.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, University Vice Chancellor Battu Satyanarayana said the initiative is the backbone of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3.0 being implemented by the National Skill Development Corporation.

The initiative is the centerpiece of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3.0 implemented by the National Skill Development Corporation

“Employability is a big issue these days. On the one hand, the country is facing a huge unemployment problem and, on the other hand, industries are failing to find the workforce with the specific skills they need. This is because the large number of graduates who come out of universities every year with certificates are not equipped with the required skills. To address the issue, the Union Government has selected a few skills centers – Nodal Skills Centers – to provide skills development and skills-based vocational training to dropout and out-of-school youth across the country and the university is one of them. Satyanarayana said.

According to the details provided, the Heritage Tour Guide program is designed in a way that enables learners to operate the skills required to guide tourists visiting heritage sites. The Digital IT Helpdesk Assistant program will impart the necessary skills to learners to enable them to effectively manage day-to-day business communications between customers and businesses using computers.

Both programs, Professor Satyanarayana added, will include both theoretical and practical elements, with particular emphasis on the latter.

“Of the total number of apprenticeship hours, which range from 330 hours to 400 hours, approximately one third of the hours will be devoted to practical training. Classes will take place on Saturdays and Sundays initially. If necessary, classes will also take place on weekdays. The progress made by the learners will be regularly monitored by a committee of experts and the learners will be evaluated after the end of the programme. Then they will receive certificates which will be issued by the National Sill Development Corporation,” Prof. Satyanarayana said.

Asked whether the university has a plan to ensure placement of learners after completing these courses, Prof. Satyanarayana said the university will put in place a necessary mechanism to ensure maximum placements.

“We are going to put together a special team that will be in constant contact with the targeted industries and will interact regularly with them to find out their needs so that they can be integrated into the training path. We have a huge campus and ready-to-use infrastructure, including labs, which have hitherto been underutilized and can now be optimally utilized for this purpose. We will also hold on-campus interviews once learners have completed their courses to maximize internships. I hope most of the students will get internships,” he said.

University Registrar Basavaraj Donur, Nodal Officer for Skills Development Programs Shivam Mishra and Public Relations Officer Deepthi were present.

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