The New Indian Express | By Express News Service | 24th August 2016 |
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: THE Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Technological University has tied up with the Cambridge English Language Assessment, an initiative of the prestigious University of Cambridge, with the objective of improving the communication skills and enhancing the employability of engineering students in the state. With the partnership, students of the engineering colleges that come under the purview of the university, formerly known as the Kerala Technological University, who take Cambridge English’s Business Certificates (BEC) examinations will earn 50 activity points that are needed as part of the completion of their degree. “Along with their technical skills, if the students can also demonstrate that they have the necessary language skills, the chances of a top corporate organisation picking them during campus placements will definitely increase,” said T K Arunachalam, regional director (South Asia) of Cambridge English.
According to the official, BEC is accepted by universities, colleges and business schools world over and also offers a proof accepted by many leading corporate organisations that the student has necessary English language skills needed for study, work and life. Arunachalam expected around 80 colleges under the technological university to pilot the language programme this year. “The programme will be conducted during the first two years of their course and in two to three years down the lane, we are expecting to see the results,” he said. He added that the not-for-profit organisation will support teacher training for the programme free of cost through workshops aimed at teachers from engineering as well as arts and science colleges in Kerala. As part of furthering the agreement, the officials conducted a seminar, titled ‘Transforming your students: From campus to workplace’, that was attended by the heads of the engineering colleges. – Courtesy