Principal secretary technical education, UP government, Neeraj Gupta said here on Wednesday that it was time principals were sensitised about the importance of effective industry engagement and collaboration beyond technical trade knowledge, essential to make polytechnic passouts more employable.
Inaugurating a three-day polytechnic principals’ training and development programme on ‘effective industry engagement leading to enhanced employability of students’, Gupta said that mere degrees and diplomas would not do unless industry was satisfied that students were employable.
Nearly 80 polytechnic principals and HoDs nominated by the UP government, covering virtually all government polytechnics in the state, participated in the programme, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with UP government and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
The three-day full time extensive and rigorous training programme will chart a roadmap on how to make students employable.
Vikas Gothalwal ,IAS , director of Skill Development Mission, UP, appreciated that the principals were attending this training and development programme and hoped that the knowledge and experience they gained would eventually help them make students more employable.
Jayant Krishna, co-chairman, CII northern region task force on skills and education and principal consultant and regional head of TCS, said that the employability of Indian students was often stated to be as low as 10% which resulted into mass unemployment and also deprived the country of leveraging a rich demographic dividend.
He said that 35% Indians were younger than 15 years, whilst 18% were in the age group of 15-24 years.
Therefore, these 53% people constituted the ideal potential target for skill development.
Also; there was a strong need for effective linkages between institutions and industry.
Interventions such as these training programmes were an effort to align the industry needs and skilled manpower, he said.
Prof Nishi Pandey, head, department of english and modern European languages, Lucknow University, emphasised the importance of English in making students employable and suggested that polytechnics should embrace the language in an all-pervasive way in every aspect of their operations and teaching.
She suggested that the polytechnic students should be trained in four aspects - language, communication, personality and interpersonal skills.
This is a first of its kind training programme, which has been prepared keeping in mind the need for exposure and industry interface for polytechnics.
Industry experts from TCS, Tata Motors, Airtel, Idea, NTPC , Indian Army and Medha (an American NGO) will conduct the sessions.