KOCHI: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has decided to offer specific value-addition courses to help the 5.3 million unemployed graduates in the country. At a press conference here on Sunday, IGNOU Vice-Chancellor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai said a nation-wide survey would be conducted to identify the requirements of the unemployed youth. A rich depository of graduates would be created through this survey.
Prof. Pillai said the regional centres of the university would formulate new academic programmes based on the findings of the survey. He suggested that the survey be conducted with the help of the 25-lakh National Service Scheme volunteers across the country.
"Special training programmes and courses to provide value addition to the unemployed youth will be launched. We will also find out what are the additional skills required for helping the graduates secure a good job in life. The survey will also review the reasons behind the increasing number of unemployed graduates in the country," Prof. Pillai said.
He said IGNOU would start a new academic programme on rubber cultivation and processing technology, in association with the Rubber Board. The course would be of immense help to traditional farmers. The university had also plans to offer plantation management courses. Study materials of select programmes would be translated into Malayalam to help the farmers.