Daily Archives: June 30, 2014

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani Holds Retreat with Directors and Chairmen of 16 IITS

Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani asked the Directors and Chairmen of IITs to come up with strategies for making the country both manpower ready and teacher ready. Smt. Irani held a Retreat with Directors and Chairmen of 16 IITs in Goa. The interaction focused on issues related to deepening Research & Technological Innovation for meeting national development agenda, enhancing Industry-Academia collaborations, expanding Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), framework on Ranking System that would reflect national concerns and leveraging alumni networks. She said that IITs needed to come up with at least 10 goalposts that India should reach both nationally and internationally in a time-bound manner. A committee consisting of Directors and Chairmen of IITs has been constituted to map various disciplines with respect to their requirement for meeting national manpower goals.

The Union Minister also highlighted the need to develop quality faculty not only for new IITs, IIMs, IISERs but also other institutions in the country. She asked Director IIT Kharagpur and IIT Kanpur to come up with a National Initiative on summer/winter lectures by best of the foreign and the national faculty.

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"Why Develop Skills that are Required in Industry" by Paulami Sen

“Why Develop Skills that are Required in Industry” by Paulami Sen

In the last post, the focus was on improvement of foreign communication skills. The focus of this post will be on enhancing employability by the means of skills gained in studying industry relevant courses. These courses will help in professional development of the students. Such courses can help in achieving advancement in credentials. There is also an improvement in the attitude and skills of the trainee. Such courses help in being prepared for the advanced technological roles or management roles that might be assigned in future.

Such courses are mock experience of the field. There is a chance to know the working environment of a particular field. Such a trainee brings along with him a value addition to the company that he is absorbed into. Hence the chances of being offered a job during the duration of such courses are always bright.

A certain level of expertise can be achieved by the means of such courses. The trainee becomes more productive as a result of industry oriented. The skills gained during the course of industry oriented training are needed and much more valued by the employer. The foundation knowledge gained thus comes in handy to excel in industry. The approach that is adopted is a practical one.

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