Soft Skills Training for College Teachers of Bharathiar University

Soft Skills Training for College Teachers of Bharathiar University

The teachers in the arts and science colleges in the Coimbatore region will undergo training in soft skills under the ‘Train the trainers’ program of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) shortly.

The 15-day training will be imparted by the CII in association with the Bharathiar University (BU).

According to BU Vice Chancellor Prof. G Thiruvasagam, a total of 200 select teachers from the affiliated colleges will undergo the training and they will train others in their respective colleges.

“This is to enhance the employment opportunities of students,” he said and added that the decision was taken during a recent meeting convened by the state higher education department, where the vice-chancellors of all the universities in the state and the CII participated.

The CII had already imparted such training to 200 teachers under the Madras University.

“We have decided to conduct’ the training in the middle of July,” the V-C said and added that there were a total of around 6,000 teachers under the varsity.

It was, found that only around 30 percent of students in the arts and science colleges were employable, while it was around 60 percent in engineering colleges.

It may be noted that the industries too find it difficult to train graduates once they are appointed by them in their companies.

A lot of money, time and energy were to be spent in such training, which could be reduced provided the students were well trained in soft skills during their graduation, said an academician.

The CII will provide the course materials and bring in the experts from various industries. Similar training may be conducted in engineering colleges also.

The government is also considering to introduce soft skills as a Part III, next to Part I, which is Tamil, and Part II – English.

The BU has introduced compulsory diploma courses on soft skills, while the Anna University (AU) is planning to introduce it as a subject in the second year.