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Letter sent on Apr 19, 2016

AICTE Developing skills in colleges

Education is one of the most important factors in the development of any society. These days when more and more students are keen to study, there is a requirement of more and better educational facilities for them.Engineering is one of the leading sectors today. To ensure that good engineers are coming out of educational institutions, it is important to develop more skills and methods for the students.A vital step towards ensuringutilization of existing resources available at the engineering colleges and polytechnics a major step has been taken by the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). It has launched Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) for technical institutes to impart skill-based training to the students during the off-college hours.

According to this new scheme, AICTE would offer training to at least 100 unemployed youth per year in engineering skills based on the job roles as per National Occupational Standards (NOS) prescribed by The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. An important thing to note is that AICTE itself will bear the additional cost of the course.The technical institutes in the country are very crucial elements to produce brilliant professionals in the field of engineering and technology. Such significant steps are also going to boost the schemes like ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Startup India’ and other such projects involved to develop millions of skilled people.

These schemes would not only help students to get skill development education but would also ensure appropriate utilization of unutilized infrastructure of the colleges.A committee to access the total surplus infrastructure available in the technical institutes of the Punjab wherein such other courses etc. can be started is also on the cards.

18 April is the last date for the submission of online application on AICTE portal. Under this, the eligible institutions will have to offer skills training for 250 hours to a batch of 100 students based on National Occupational Standards in engineering skills. The students will be given grant in aid of Rs. 10,000 by AICTE. This step is highly beneficial for engineering students.

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