Bhubaneswar, June 12 (LocalWire): The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked institutions in the state that are offering skill-based certificate, diploma, advanced diploma courses, and bachelor- or the masters-level degree to seek fresh approval to continue running the programmes.
According to a public notice issued by the UGC, all institutions intending to start skill-based courses, including Bachelor and Master of Vocation for the first time, as well as those approved under the National Skill Qualification Framework must apply by 1 July 2019 to continue or start offering the new vocational courses.
The institutions will need to apply separately for the UGC grant after receiving the approval from the commission to run these skill-based courses, the communication said.
The grants from the commission will be provided for training facilities and infrastructure development, while the institution will bear the cost of training programmes by industries.
The UGC has also decided to enable multiple exit and entry facilities for the students during the course, which will help the students seek employment after any level and join back as and when to upgrade the qualification to move higher in the job profile or in the educational system.
According to the commission, the multiple entries and exit facility to the students will give them the opportunity to join the second year Bachelor of Vocation degree programme after one year of diploma in the same course. Similarly, a student can move to the third year Bachelor of Vocation programme after two years of advanced diploma in vocational courses.
Presently, about 14 institutions across the state approved under the National Skill Qualification Framework are offering different skill-based diploma and bachelor degree courses in disciplines such as automobile servicing, refrigeration and air conditioning, multimedia and graphics and travel and tourism among others.
City-based educationist Sukant Sarangi said that it is important to go beyond the traditional education system and opt for the skill-based courses especially due to the changing dynamic in the job sector.
Sarangi also called upon institutions to come forward and offer such courses that can benefit the students.