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The Economic Times | By Anubhuti Vishnoi | ET Bureau | 18 December, 2015 |

NEW DELHI: Rejecting the proposal by the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) to get engineering colleges to spare and sublet their infrastructure for training agencies to conduct skill training programmes for youngsters, the HRD ministry has decided instead to get its 10,000-plus engineering colleges to themselves hold certified courses for eligible youth residing in the institute’s vicinity after regular class hours.  At a meeting of the Standing Finance Committee held on Dec 14, it was decided that all the technical institutions will be asked to identify youth interested in seeking engineering skills and then taught and trained to meet the national standards formulated by MSDE. Targeting to reach about 10 lakh youth, the HRD ministry will ask each institute to train a 100 youngsters.

The MSDE has been arguing that since specialist agencies had already been identified for the skill based training, it would be more convenient to have colleges spare their unused infrastructure for conducting these programmes. This plan of action would also not compel teachers in the institutes to put in extra hours or distract them from their primary academic work.  The HRD ministry, however, is learnt to have conveyed that as per norms, sub-letting premises of the colleges to another private agency is a violation and still further many of these institutions have expensive laboratories and equipment and they may be averse to sub letting these. It has been decided at the SFC meeting- chaired by Higher Education Secretary V S Oberoi that Institutes will hold additional special classes train youth in core engineering skills.-  Courtesy


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