Special Correspondent

The COPs include certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses

VISAKHAPATNAM: Gayatri Vidya Parishad Degree and PG College (autonomous) in the city will introduce several career-oriented programmes to its students in addition to the regular curriculum.

Informing this to media persons here on Friday, Principal of the college P.V. Sarma said that the students would be provided the opportunity to pursue these courses within the time frame of three years. The COPs would be in the form of certificate (one year), diploma (two years), and advanced diploma (three years). The students could opt for one or the other of these that would be taught along with regular class work in an extra hour. The certificate programmes are Environment, health and safety, practical inorganic chemistry, mass communication and journalism, translation proficiency in Rashtra Bhasha and Raja Bhasha, mathematical finance, spoken Sanskrit, classical music (vocal), mathematical ability and communicative English, HR skills and information technology, micro controller and embedded systems, yoga and meditation.

The diploma courses are MS Office, Functional English and soft skills, retail management and clinical diagnostics. The advanced diploma courses are Web designing and e-Commerce, Hardware maintenance and networking, accounting and tax management, Gandhian philosophy and human development.

Fee structure

Prof. Sarma said that the fee would be Rs.1,000 a year for each of these courses and it would be collected along with tuition fee. The student would have the choice for taking a course for one year and change to a different programme subsequently. The diploma in functional English and soft skills programme was already sanctioned Rs.5 lakhs by the UGC, he disclosed. “The COPs equip the students with additional skills for employability,” he stated. He said that the total strength of the degree and PG college was 2,400 with 1200 each at MVP campus and at Rishikonda campus. The non-autonomous streams in the college like B.Sc. Biotechnology were likely to be brought under autonomous stream from the current academic year, he revealed. Vice-Principal Rajaganapathi, Heads of departments Ramana Reddy (Mathematics) and Sasibhushana Rao (Life Sciences) were also present.