It will focus on soft skills and English
VISAKHAPATNAM: The State Government has plans to impart special training to over 1,16,000 degree students through its Jawahar Knowledge Centres in the coming academic year, according to the Commissioner of Collegiate Education G.N. Rao.
Addressing at a press conference here on Monday, he said that last year, training to about 20,000 students under the JKC scheme and over 4,000 were placed directly from the campus. This year the target is 60 per cent.
JKC, which was initially started for technical students, has now been extended to degree students from all streams. It is a value addition course of 300 hours that focuses on communication skills, soft skills and English language. “The idea is make the students employable immediately after graduation. It was started to cater to the IT and ITES boom,” he said.
The Commissioner also said that Rs.600 crores has been sanctioned for the education sector in the last budget and the fund will be utilised for development of infrastructure in the colleges. “More JKCs will come up in a number of government colleges shortly, and special focus will be paid to the rural regions.”
In the last three years, the government spent about Rs.2,000 crores for development of infrastructure in colleges.
He pointed out that the basic sciences courses have taken a backseat due to the boom in the IT sector and to overcome the problem the government has plans to embark on a cross curriculum project with emphasis on computers. “Students should become all-rounder and that is the reason why we plan to integrate the courses. A student of humanities should have the basic knowledge of sciences and computers and similarly a pure sciences student should have the knowledge of commerce,” he said.
Mr. Rao urged the principals of various government colleges to focus on campus recruitments and take the level of recruitment to 100 per cent in the coming years.
He also insisted that the principals of the government colleges should take care of the college property and each college should clearly earmark its boundaries, so that they stay clear of the land sharks.
Earlier, he held a meeting with the principals of various government and private colleges in the three districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam at Dr. V.S. Krishna College. The principal of college, S. Atchutaramam, coordinated the meeting.