To impart skill training and enhance employability of its students, Panjab University (PU) is planning 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.
The department will work in collaboration with the central placement cell of the university. The proposed department will have one each honorary director, coordinator, co-coordinator and four trainers in soft and hard skills.
Besides, the department will have two research fellows each as career counsellors, liaison officers for academia-employer interface and research and data experts. Experts from the industry will be in the panel of guest faculty.
Funds required for setting up of the department will be borne by PU from its own exchequer. The proposal was mooted by dean, student welfare, (DSW) prof Navdeep Goyal and will be tabled in the syndicate meeting, which is scheduled to be held on January 25 for approval.
Prof Goyal said the varsity aimed at promoting skill development of the students and facilitating industry exposure of students and also to inculcate among students the skills which could be the key to competitiveness in the corporate world.
"Currently, there is a huge gap between the industry and academia, which needs to be narrowed down. The proposed department will play a crucial role in skill development and help nurture entrepreneurial skills of students," Goyal said.
PU is also sending its proposal for setting up of Deen Dayal Upadhyay Centre for Knowledge Acquisition and Upgradation of Skilled Human Abilities and Livelihood (Kaushal Kendras) as proposed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) during the twelfth year plan (2012-17) across the country. To enhance the employability of students, UGC intends to start 100 such centres in the UGC-recognised universities.
Facilitate students understand their latent skills.
Align the skill of students with the career of their choice
Map the skills of the students with the changing paradigm of employment
Promote industry linkages of faculty through joint workshops and visits
Inculcate a spirit of entrepreneurship and to enhance creativity and innovation among students
Providing mentorship and guidance to students through alumni association