With Nep, Colleges Seek to Invest in Professional Education Courses for Students | Bangalore News

Bangalore: With the implementation of the new National Education Policy (NEP), vocational training in colleges has accelerated like never before, according to industry experts. What was once popular among engineering schools and Tier 1 cities has now spread to all institutions, regardless of major or location.
According to Teamlease Edtech, a platform that provides learning solutions such as soft skills and leadership training to higher education institutions, 500-700 colleges (tech and non-tech) have started this trend over the years. last months. Over the next 12 to 18 months, at least 5,000 colleges are expected to launch the initiative.
Through this initiative, colleges are providing training for technical and specialized skills as well as general skills. While engineering schools have preferred to train their students on industry-relevant coding projects in the past, engineering schools focus on soft skills and some field skills.
“Colleges invest an average of Rs 4,000 to Rs 20,000 per student. The cost is absorbed mainly by the colleges. Currently, in each college, 250 to 500 students are registered for these training sessions and the average duration of the training is between two weeks and three months ”, declared Neeti Sharma, president and co-founder of Teamlease Edtech.
“While there have always been discussions about students’ unfitness for employment, they have never felt the impact as much as they do today. In addition, the NEP gave the impetus and made compulsory the inclusion of skills in the basic curriculum, ”she added.
“We have seen students at our college, who are predominantly from rural areas, to be as good academically as their peers in urban areas. When it comes to exposure and industry internships, however, our students are losing out to their peers in cities like Bangalore. We don’t want that to happen. We want to train them during their university studies so that they can be at the same level of soft skills and other areas of expertise as their city counterparts, ”said Venkatesh Babu, Director of BGS Institute of Management Studies, Chikkaballapur.
Several edutech companies offer skills courses to students who join their programs.
“The courses offered at colleges are not enough to prepare students for any type of job. They don’t help them because they offer a very academic approach. Unless there is a mix of technical and soft skills, students will have a hard time finding and keeping a job. It is best for colleges to hire an external agency to provide these skills until they know how to deliver them within the defined curriculum, ”said Rumi Sikdar of Ants Consulting and Services, who is in charge of the Skill developpement.
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