The Higher Education and General Education Departments will jointly impart skill development training to three lakh students in five years to make them employable under the Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP), Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb has said.

The Minister told reporters here on Wednesday that the Level I course with two sections comprising English and Information Technology of 180-hour duration has a foundation module and the second skill module has a duration of 120 to 150 hours.

Recruitment drive

Considering the shortage of expert trainers in English and IT, final year degree and postgraduate students are being taken as skill development executives.

A programme was drawn up for launching the recruitment drive, named Thousand Splendid Stars, to select 5,000 students from 190 arts and science colleges in the State. The selected students will be given a 21-day residential training in English, IT and soft skills. The National Service Scheme is the programme partner.


ASAP had launched an extensive campaign and selected about 5,100 students for the 21-day residential training programme. Three English lecturers and an IT lecturer each from the 48 colleges and 52 IHRD colleges which came forward to join the training partner scheme were trained to conduct the classes for the students.


Those students who successfully complete the training will get a certificate jointly issued by the British Council and the State government.

Training of the first batch began on April 22. The programme will conclude on July 31.