Dr. Harsh Sadawarti
Vice Chancellor – CT University, Ludhiana
The Technical Vocational Education programmes focus on the acquisition of appropriate skills, abilities and competencies as necessary equipment for the individual to live and adapt to the real work situation and contribute to the development of society. This type of training does not focus on the theoretical framework of various employment sectors but instead stresses the hands-on training required for performing manual jobs in many sectors.
Recognition for skill, career growth, respectable remuneration and healthy competition are crucial to transform skill education. It’s the desired way to meaningful employment and sustainable livelihood.
World Youth Skills Day & India Skills Competition have given a fresh dose of energy to sustained efforts under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKYV) to transform India to be the Skill capital of the world. The main aim of vocational training is to achieve recognition and respect for our country’s vibrant youth, and make them more employable and ready as per industry standards, thereby maneuvering the skills, labor and employment landscape of India.
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, (PMKYV) the joint efforts of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) completed more than 80 regional competitions in 24 skills/trades including hairstylist, welding, car painting, auto body repair, graphic designing and robotics to name a few. Vocational Training enhances employability and adds value to education.
In view of this, CT University has taken the initiative to start two projects in University Campus to promote training-based skill education. One is Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY), part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), by The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) and another is BOSCH Bridge Skill Development Programmes in collaboration with BOSCH Group.
Under the DDU-GKY project, CTU is uniquely focusing on rural youth between the ages of 15 and 35 years from poor families. To transform rural poor youth into an economically independent and globally relevant workforce, we have started 4 short-term programmes, namely Multi–Skill Technician-Fabrication; Bridal Fashion & Photographic Make Up-Artist; CNC Setter-Cum-Operator-Turning; Chef-Commi 1 to train them. We are imparting skill-based educational training to more than 130 students who have enrolled in these programmes and will be benefitted from them.
Another project of CT University is in collaboration with BOSCH Group for skill development and employability. BOSCH has been revered worldwide for its commitment and dedication to caring for the socially and financially deprived through its CSR initiatives.
CTU has collaborated with BOSCH to run BOSCH Bridge Programme in which we are preparing the less educated youth through a multi-skilled approach to become highly-skilled manpower for the industry, and to inculcate the industry-specific knowledge and job-relevant skills with special emphasis on life skills, soft skills, and hands-on work experience and BOSCH enables 100% job placement for each Bridge Candidate.
The salient features of this collaboration are to provide the employability skills training through industry-relevant modules; offers job oriented short term courses with BOSCH Certification; support incubation of selected students startup projects; Train the Trainer (TTT) programme, through which more than 500 trainers have been trained in content delivery, counseling skills, student mobilisation and also leadership development; offers internship opportunity to the MSW/MBA students at the BRIDGE Centers or Offer other CSR programs like Child heath development, Education, etc; Care Giver programme certification through BOSCH for entry-level jobs in the health sector; free BOSCH Learning Kits (Bags, Books & Uniform) are provided to the students.
Undoubtedly, this is a great step towards promoting technical and vocational education which will benefit students to have Specialised training, Better job opportunities, Higher earnings, Retraining for a new career, Better learning environment, Increased personal development and growth.