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Industry training in college essential, says official

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Industrial productivity in India is 20 times less than Japan

Apprenticeship programmes will go a long way in moulding students


VIJAYAWADA: Technical Education Commissioner K. Lakshminarayana has said that all efforts should be made to ensure that the students studying various courses in polytechnic colleges get proper training in industries during their college days itself, so as to make them ready for jobs.

Addressing as chief guest an industry-institution interaction organised at the Government Polytechnic College here on Saturday, Dr. Lakshminarayana said that the skill gap being felt as of now among the students could be effectively bridged only with the help of appropriate programmes to provide sufficient exposure to them. He asked the industry to play an active role in supporting the initiatives of the Department of Technical Education in this connection.

Pointing out that the students of various polytechnic courses were mostly from rural areas and poor families, Dr. Lakshminarayana felt that the newly launched apprenticeship programme would go a long way in moulding them into strong candidates for industry jobs. As part of this, a semester would be devoted to train the students in batches. Making the students employable would be the top priority of these programmes, he added. Speaking on behalf of the industry, Efftronics Systems Private Limited managing director D. Ramakrishna suggested that the Department of Technical Education take up a programme to standardise the skills necessary in different industries so as to bring clarity in the training part.

In Germany the government had successfully come out with 350 standardised skills after holding consultations with the industry as well as educational institutions.

Only when the skill-sets were standardised, the industries would be able to standardise the processes so as to achieve better results, he made clear. Mr. Ramakrishna observed that it was because of lack of this type of standardisation that skill gaps were widening day by day.

The industrial productivity in India was 20 times less when compared to the same in Japan, he pointed out, and suggested creation of a forum for active interaction between the industry, institutes and the government.

Joint Collector Gaurav Uppal, District Industries Centre general manager R. Sudhakar, Training and Placement Officer A. Nirmal Kumar Priya, AU region RJD (Technical Education Department) B.K. Surya Prakash and others spoke. College principal M. Seshagiri Rao presided over the meeting.

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