Government College Students gets Certificate in Job-Oriented Courses

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Government College Students gets Certificate in Job-Oriented Courses

Students of government arts and science colleges will henceforth have the option of getting a certificate in job-oriented courses even as they pursue their basic degree course, Education Minister K. Ponmudy said on Wednesday.

He was speaking to presspersons after participating in the convocation ceremony of Queen Mary’s College here.

The Minister said a cluster approach would be adopted, with arts and science colleges being linked with the polytechnics and technical training institutes situated nearby.

According to this scheme, a Commerce student, for instance, would be allowed to take a course in Computer Graphics at one of the linked vocational training institutions and get a certificate on completion of the course.

The new scheme has been mooted to improve the quality of education provided and to increase employability of students, he added.

The cluster scheme would first be introduced in Chennai, with the six arts colleges in the city forming part of the first group.

Under the choice-based credit system to be introduced by the Higher Education Department, students would have the liberty to take up courses that they feel would be of advantage to them.

The government was also serious about introducing job-oriented courses in order to increase the employability of students.

Job fairs would be held in arts and science colleges and appropriate skills imparted to students.

An attempt would be made to introduce better teaching methods in colleges. For a start, a sum of Rs.1.5 lakh would be given to each arts and science college to provide for audio visual education. The first allotment had been made to Ambedkar Arts and Science College, Vyasarpadi.

New colleges

The Minister also hinted that 10 new government engineering colleges, run by the respective technical universities, would be started in Tamil Nadu.

He said the government was considering a proposal to make the four Anna Universities into research universities and instead create six technical affiliating universities.

Earlier, he distributed degrees to the graduands of QMC. Over 1,200 degrees were awarded.

College Principal R. Mathiazhagan said about 70 per cent of students had been placed already.

N. Sarada Mani, controller, QMC, presented the convocation address.

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