Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has introduced in the closing session at the ‘Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy’ and has announced UGC Guidelines for Higher Education Institutions to offer Apprenticeship/Internship embedded Degree Programme.
He stated employment generation together with better employability of the youth is the main concern of the Government.
Importance of the apprenticeship programme
Union Minister added that UGC Guidelines for Higher Education Institutions to offer Apprenticeship/Internship embedded Degree Programme will empower the Higher Education Institutions to carry on a exemplar change in general stream degree programmes and to insert employability assisting portions into the curriculum.
He also stated that the UGC Guidelines will deliver a choice for HEIs to drive in this Apprenticeship/Internship to all UG degrees as specified by UGC under section 22 (3) of the UGC Act, 1956.
Who attended the session?
Chaired by Prof. D.P. Singh on the theme of “Holistic, Multidisciplinary and Futuristic Education,” M.K. Sridhar, Member, Committee for draft NEP, Prof. Najma Akhtar, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia and Prof. E. Suresh Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, EFLU were the guest speakers on the session.
Followed by this was ‘Equitable use of Technology for better reach in Education’ and featured the panellists Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, Prof. Nageshwar Rao, Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU, Dr. Mini Shaji Thomas, Director, NIT, Trichy. Prof. Anil Sahashrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE moderated the conference. The presenters explained on how India as a global leader in ICT needs to integrate tech to develop the reach of higher education.