Despite efforts, PU’s course on soft skills finds few takers

  • Vinod Kumar, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 03, 2015 12:43 IST

The non-credit course designed by the central placement cell (CPC) of Panjab University (PU) to improve soft skills of the students has got a poor response as of 75 departments, only 11 showed interest in this course.

After the CPC decided to start the course from 2014-15 academic session, dean of university instructions (DUI) as well as the CPC wrote to all the departments in April last year for enrolment, evoking luke warm response.

The issue was also taken up in the chairpersons meetings, which is organised every month, on a couple of occasions, but to no avail.

After receiving insipid response, the varsity has now been forced to start the course from February 5 with only 11 departments namely library information sciences, human genome, zoology, anthropology, fashion technology, education, centre for public health, statistics, system biology, French and philosophy.

DUI Prof AK Bhandari said that there was a need for making the departments aware about the benefits of the course. He said that they are taking necessary steps for ensuring that students of all the departments undergo the course. As per the CPC proposal, every student will have to clear the course.

CPC in pursuit

To pursue the students of the 11 departments, the members of the CPC visited all the departments.
Giving details of the 10-day course, CPC director Prof SK Chadha said over 400 students, divided into two groups, will undergo the course, which will be held on Monday and Thursday.

As per the requirement, each student will have to attend at least 75% of the session. The course has been divided into 10 sessions, which include a session each on soft skills, communication skills, time management, personality development, presentation skills, group discussion, facing interviews and career opportunities. Two sessions have been reserved for taking feedback from students.

“There is a dire need to improve the soft skills of the students. This will improve their chances of being hired by different companies, said Prof Chadha.

Meanwhile, to impart skill training and enhance employability of its students, the PU has already decided to set up a separate department of skill development and entrepreneurship in the university.

The initiative has been taken following recommendations of the ministry of human resource development (MHRD). According to the recommendations, the university has to involve experts from the industry as adjunct faculty to bridge the skill gaps of the students through a structured programme.

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