- NAIPUNYA NIDHI
SKILL TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR STUDENTS:
At present, higher education sector is witnessing unprecedented changes aimed at achieving global standards in knowledge transfer and creation of skilled humanresource. 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 changethrough a skill training programme ‘Hosa Hejje’. This initiative under Public-Private Partnership was meant for improving soft skills amongst the students ofGovernment First Grade colleges.
With the intent of taking this skill development programme to a new level, a novel initiative titled ‘Naipunya Nidhi’ was conceptualised during 2013-14. Thisprogram is aimed at crafting new opportunities, improving the self-image and imparting employability skills to the students, a sizeable number of who are from thedisadvantaged socio-economic background. Naipunya Nidhi is an inclusive training module for all students of undergraduate program. Naipunya Nidhi has trainingprogrammes rich in content, delivered using novel teaching tools like EDUSAT.
FIRST YEAR STUDENTS:
The first year students are trained in communication English. Conversational and writing skills are honed through intense training in form and functions of thelanguage.
SECOND YEAR STUDENTS:
The second year students are trained in social skills and Indian culture. This training template aims at helping the students develop self-respect, healthyrelationship, emotional intelligence, goal-setting and time management, leadership qualities and creates awareness about values and ethics.
FINAL YEAR STUDENTS:
Employability skills are imparted to the final year students under the NSDC (National Skill Development Council) approved ‘STAR’ (Standard TrainingAssessment and Reward) scheme. NSDC is a Government of India body that strives for bridging the skill gap through skill training and upgradation. The trainers ofthe STAR scheme are NSDC empanelled partners. This program trains students in high market-demand sector skills like BFSI, IT/ITeS, Retail, Telecom, Gemsand Jewellery, Health care etc. The variety of skills dealt with in this training, enhances the job prospects and is expected to lower the unemployment rates.