Are skills becoming a priority in our education system?

Technologically, our education system should upgrade and implement college-industry connection programs. They should be moderated at the end of each semester for all professional courses from time to time so that students are well acquainted with current trends that are aligned with the industry. Getting a degree along with the right skill set can get you places. With this in mind, students should be made aware of the nuances of various industries and exposed to the appropriate skills. Finally, the acquisition of diplomas and the development of skills should go hand in hand.

– Goutam Bharadwaj Mukku, B Tech Graduate, Visakhapatnam

Skills development is an important driver for fighting poverty by improving employability and inclusive growth. It facilitates a cycle of high productivity, increased employment opportunities, income growth and overall development. Over the past few years, the government has laid the foundations for a sustainable skills development ecosystem, but now is the time to develop it further and build on it by leveraging the New Education Policy (NEP) to reap the benefits of our unique demographic dividend. . Ongoing skills initiatives should be reversed and modified accordingly to inculcate the approach and spirit of the NEP. I hope that students and educational institutions will change their perspective and plan according to the needs of the industry and the nation. This would ensure the formation of a strong human capital base ready to serve the nation by targeting self-reliance and also to engage with the world from a position of strength and valor.

– Uday Kiran Lakkineni, Dean, Chalapathi Institute of Technology, Guntur

Achievements and skills must be taken into consideration rather than the number of titles and diplomas. That should be the standard across the country. Thanks to this, we can ensure comprehensive development in the country.

– Fr Ernest Moses, Principal, Nivya Vocational Jr College, Rajamahendravaram

Students today are deprived of employability skills and they should receive adequate training to overcome this deficiency. This will ensure that they will not be left behind in finding jobs. Many students do not have writing skills and therefore need to be trained in the art of writing. They should be trained in communication skills as well as soft skills. In order to be in touch with the latest trends in science and technology, students must have a thorough knowledge of English. Today the student is no longer a man of the country but a citizen of the world. And therefore, knowledge of the English language is essential. Therefore, the government must draft an appropriate committee to recommend imparting these skills to students. The government can reduce the problem of unemployment by producing graduates who possess skills in their fields of interest.

– Bhamidipati Bhaskara Sharma, Medical Representative, Kakinada

My daughter is studying +2 (MPC) in a private college in Tirupati and she is a smart student in her class. She only has book knowledge which will not help her after her studies to find a job in a company or a factory. So, giving skill-based training along with the regular course will help students find jobs immediately after graduation or PG. Even B Tech students these days have only book knowledge and they lack practical knowledge which hurts a student’s future.

C Harikiran, parent, Subhash Nagar, Tirupati

There is no skills training in the current education system. Consequently, students after their baccalaureate do not find employment. Students come out of colleges only with certificates and not skills. Thus, they find it difficult to find jobs in the industrial sector. To face the existing competition, skills-based education is essential for students to get jobs.

– V Balakishore, employee of Amara Raja, Karakambadi

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