PU zeroes in on 7 key areas for skill development

  • Vinod Kumar, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 16, 2015 13:46 IST

Panjab University has identified seven areas in which it feels that centres under a new scheme called Deen Dayal Upadhyay Centre for Knowledge Acquisition and Upgradation of Skilled Human Abilities and Livelihood (Kaushal Kendras) could be set up.

These centres were proposed to set up by the University Grants Commission (UGC) during the XII year plan (2012-17) across the country and were meant to enhance the employability of students.

A 100 such centres are to be set up and proposals by all UGC-recognised universities are to be submitted by January 31.

The 12-member PU committee, chaired by PU vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover, identified the focus areas as hotel management, retail management, banking insurance management, fashion technology, electronics, Information Technology Enabled Services (ITeS) and lab technical related courses at a meeting held on January 12.

Another meeting of the committee was scheduled to be held on January 16, said Prof Suresh Kumar Chadha, honorary director, PU central placement cell, a member of the committee.

To improve the employability of students, Prof Grover also recommended starting of short-duration level diploma and certificate courses in concurrence with long-term courses.

Over the last few years, varsity authorities have been laying emphasis on skill development of the students. Modules in communication skills, research methodology, aptitude and psychometric aspects have been designed by the varsity.

While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, V-C Prof Arun Kumar Grover had acknowledged that to meet these requirements, students are required to have a certain skill set and also called for increase in industry-academia interaction.

“We are taking initiatives in that direction,” said Prof Grover. Terming next few years crucial for the university, the V-C maintained that the Centre was looking to the university to deliver.

Placements encouraging, 700 placed

In the ongoing campus placements, more than 700 students of 10 departments have secured job offers by different companies.

The initial trend in the placements has been encouraging and the companies are offering attractive packages to PU students.

It is expected that placement, to continue till April, during the 2014-15 session would be better than the previous session.

The areas of focus

Hotel management
Retail management
Banking insurance management
Fashion technology
Information technology enabled services (ITES)
Lab-technology related

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