Staff Reporter

It will determine skill components of each course: UGC Acting Chairman `It will determine skill components of each course'

Task force to ensure compatibility between courses and work elements, promote mobility across disciplinesConsidering skills acquired on job, an industry worker can get additional academic qualifications, obtain degree

COIMBATORE: The University Grants Commission has set up a task force to standardise knowledge and skills imparted by educational institutions and industrial training programmes to formulate a National Qualification Framework,' UGC Acting Chairman V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai said on Friday.

"It will bring about compatibility between academic courses and work elements, besides promoting mobility across disciplines. Practical experience should have a component in education so that the student benefits," he told presspersons on the sidelines of a regional quality summit on education, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry.

He said the task force would determine the knowledge and skill components of each course or training programme. "Qualifications and skills are changing, and the nature of jobs is also changing. We may not be able to remain with a particular degree throughout life."

By taking into consideration skills learnt on the job, an industry worker would be able to get additional academic qualifications and obtain a degree.

Similarly, students who had done some components of an academic course could gain practical skills that would improve their qualifications. Degrees could be obtained in a flexible manner with components from various disciplines.

The compatibility between work elements and academic courses was likely to be worked out in a couple of years. This would be of special value in the area of information technology, in which there were people with various degrees, diplomas and certificates, besides knowledge gained at work.

Prof. Pillai said the UGC had identified 47 clusters of colleges and encouraged them to share facilities and expertise without giving up the integrity of the individual institutions. The UGC would support the additional activities necessary to form these need-based clusters.

Research and development institutions such as the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) could also be part of the clusters.