For engineering/ polytechnic students on January 3
: A new scheme for skill development of engineering/ polytechnic students in the State is being launched on January 3 to enhance their employability and also shape them as entrepreneurs.
The Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, in association with the Department of Higher Education, will implement the scheme named as ‘Science and Technology for Employability.'
Totally, 11 engineering and polytechnic colleges have been identified as the nodal centres for this free orientation scheme which covers practical training and communication skills. Students of all engineering/polytechnic colleges are eligible to participate.
S. Vincent, Member-Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, told The Hindu on Saturday that the training would be conducted in batches. Funding support is being given to the identified colleges for conducting the training sessions.
“This scheme is mainly meant for final year engineering students. However, polytechnic students can also attend the skill training and clear instructions on this have been given to the nodal colleges,” he said.
The council is giving Rs.One lakh to each of the nodal institutions towards inviting resource persons, students' conveyance and industry visits. A meeting of the coordinators of this scheme was held on November 19 to finalise the finer details of implementing the training programmes.
“Through this initiative, we want to remove the gap between industry and academic curriculum. Necessary training will be given to engineering/polytechnic students to increase their employability potential,” Dr. Vincent said.
While focussing on entrepreneurship skills and capacity building of the technical students, the council has given instructions to the coordinators to pay attention to industrial orientation.
The first batch will go on for five days. Another will start on January 31.
The colleges which would be the nodal centres for this training scheme are: Latha Madhavan Polytechnic College, Madurai; P.S.N.A. College of Engineering and Technology, Dindigul; King's College of Engineering, Pudukottai; Institute of Road Transport Polytechnic College, Tirunelveli; Periyar Centenary Polytechnic College, Thanjavur; Kumaran Polytechnic College, Thiruvannamalai; Karur Polytechnic College, Karur; Muthiah Polytechnic College, Annamalai Nagar; Meenakshi Ramaswamy Polytechnic College, Ariyalur; CSI Polytechnic College, Salem, and Bhakthavatsalam Polytechnic College, Kancheepuram.
“The Government is proceeding with a policy to provide employability orientation for students of higher education. In this context, science students are also getting special attention,” said Dr. Vincent.
The scheme will also train students in facing interviews and prepare bio-data to get projects and jobs. Experts from the industry, policymakers and representatives of the Confederation of Indian Industry/small scale industry will be the resource persons.
Engineering and polytechnic students or colleges can get more details from the council's Member-Secretary on mobile number: 94440-34299.