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A finishing touch for graduates

The Directorate of Technical Education submits a proposal to Maharashtra Govt for permission to set up finishing schools in engineering colleges, reports Snehal Rebello.
Hindustan Times | By Snehal Rebello, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2007 01:29 AM IST

Graduates can now go for a ‘finishing touch’ before taking up jobs.

While the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has submitted a proposal to the state for permission to set up finishing schools in engineering colleges, the Dale Carnegie Training, a US-based soft skills institute, plans to open a finishing school in Pune.

“We have inputs from the industry that students from our engineering and polytechnic colleges don’t have the required skills,” said N B Pasalkar, director, DTE. “But we can’t change course content as each industry has different needs.”

So, instead of setting up one finishing school, industries will have the liberty to approach colleges with their requirements, following which a tailor-made training programme will be designed. “The approval should come through by December. If companies don’t sponsor the training, students may have to pay,” said Pasalkar.

The Dale Carnegie finish schooling will be an option for non-engineering graduates who want to get the finishing touch. “We are working on a proposal for Maharashtra. We are not focusing on one industry; it’s for all graduates,” said Sanjay Jha, executive director, Dale Carnegie. “The school should open next academic year or even earlier.”

The institute, to be set up in Hinjewadi — Pune’s IT hub, about 200 kms from Mumbai — will last four months and cost approximately Rs 50,000.

Both programmes will include personality development, presentation, communication and leadership skills and customer relationship management.

The schools seem to have come at the right time, with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) crying hoarse that of the four lakh engineers and three million graduates produced in India annually, a large chunk is unemployable. Only 25 per cent engineering graduates and 10 per cent non-engineering graduates are employable. Finishing schools may add another 30-40 percent to the existing talent pool.

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