Members of the academia and IT sector welcome initiative

The State Government has announced campus-level initiatives aimed at developing soft, technical and entrepreneurial skills among students.

As part of the measures, soft skills and incubation centres will be opened in various colleges across the State.

In a release issued on Saturday, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa stated that soft skills centres would be established at a cost of Rs.1.35 crore in 30 colleges, coming under the jurisdiction of the University of Madras, Bharathiar University, Bharathidasan University, Madurai Kamaraj University and Thiruvalluvar University.

They would impart training to students in 60 types of soft skills that would enhance their employability in sectors such as information technology and human resources development.

Incubation and technology transfer centres would be set up at several universities at Rs.29.88 lakh each. The institutions are the University of Madras, Bharathiar University, Bharathidasan University, Madurai Kamaraj University, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Mother Teresa Women’s University, Alagappa University, Thiruvalluvar University and Periyar University.

This programme would seek to develop entrepreneurial acumen among students and improve their skills in information technology. The centres would promote research and development and form Institute-Rural Technology Groups.

Members of the academia and IT sector have welcomed the initiatives, stating that the steps would enhance employability of students.

Ashok Bakthavathsalam, chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry – Coimbatore, said the soft skills should be relevant to a person’s technical skills. It should be part of the syllabus. If there was a pilot project on such training, it should be adopted. The soft skills centres would provide consistency to the training programmes offered to students.

An official of the NASSCOM said some IT companies were providing training to students when they were in colleges too. Others imparted training to the newly-recruited candidates when they joined work. The proposed soft skills centres would enable focused training. There were several domains to which the candidates would be recruited and the training should be customised to meet needs of the industry.

On the Government Arts College for Women at Salem being chosen for the soft skills centre, its principal R. Dhanalakshmi said the centre would enhance employability of students. “On receiving the instructions from the authorities concerned on the training module, we will make the centre vibrant.”

On the incubation and technology transfer centre to be established at Salem Periyar University, its Vice Chancellor K. Muthuchelian said it would be a significant initiative for students. Universities should not be incubators for merely producing graduates. “They should be employable and meet the stiff global competition.”

(With inputs from Amutha Kannan)


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