Skill Training for Students
At present, higher education sector is witnessing unprecedented changes aimed at achieving global standards in knowledge transfer and creation of skilled human resource. The instances of finding students from socio-economic fringe groups outside this enriching experience are not uncommon due to issues of affordability,exposure and readiness. Unless remedied, the benefits of higher education will remain elusive for a major chunk of the populace
During 2009, the Department of Collegiate Education with a workscape covering even the most backward areas of the state, decided to usher in a welcome change through a skill training programme ‘Hosa Hejje’. This initiative under Public-Private Partnership was meant for improving soft skills amongst the students of Government First Grade colleges
‘Hosa Hejje’ had three components:
- Angla - A language empowering course for I year students, aimed at improving English communication skills.
- Vikasana - A holistic wellness program for II year students focussed on confidence building, developing healthy interpersonal relationships and to ensure that youth face modern day pressures successfully.
- Sahayog - An industry-academia venture for imparting employability skills to the final year students to inculcate professionalism amongst them
With the intent of taking this skill development programme to a new level, a novel initiative titled ‘Naipunya Nidhi’ was conceptualised during 2013-14. This program is aimed at crafting new opportunities, improving the self-image and imparting employability skills to the students, a sizeable number of who are from the disadvantaged socio-economic background. Naipunya Nidhi is an inclusive training module for all students of undergraduate program. Naipunya Nidhi has training programmes rich in content, delivered using novel teaching tools like EDUSAT.