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‘Soft skills play key role in placement’

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Faculty members told to pep up confidence of students


Meet on emerging trends in English teaching held

Coordinator for language skills mooted




A. Rama Krishna Rao of JNTU speaking at a workshop on ‘Emerging trends in English language teaching’ in Vijayawada on Saturday.

VIJAYAWADA: K.S.S. Prasad, programme manager at the Institute for Electronic Governance (IEG) and an empanelled consultant to the Department For International Development, UK, on Saturday underscored the need for students to take advantage of the emerging opportunities by acquiring unmatched language skills and other soft skills. Addressing a seminar on ‘Emerging trends in English Language Teaching’ organised by the English department of the V.R. Siddhartha Engineering College here, Mr. Prasadsaid a greater number of opportunities were opening up at the national and international level. Unless the student community woke up to the need for greater efforts in the area of language, they would miss out on the placement front, he cautioned. P.L.N. Prasad, secretary of the Siddhartha Academy of General and Technical Education, wanted all stakeholders concerned to realise their responsibilities towards facilitating students to get maximum benefits out of the present day job market.

K.R.K. Prasad, VRSEC principal, said communication skills continued to be a dominant role player in bringing success to students in placements and the students would have to give more attention in this aspect. He wanted the faculty members also to make more efforts to increase the confidence of the students.Ramachandra, head of the department of English, said new awareness had set in among colleges to impart the best language skills to their students so as to enable them fare exceedingly well in their future careers. He stressed the need for a State-level coordinator especially for promoting and nurturing language skills in colleges.

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