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Thursday , January 17 , 2013
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Cell & fair for better jobs

A placement cell and soft-skill classes would soon help students of self-financed and vocational courses at Patna University improve their prospects in the job market.

The university would also organise a daylong job fair for students, in collaboration with the labour resources department, on January 31.

At present, there are 39 self-financed and vocational courses at the university with 1,500 students.

Sources said once the students finish the courses, they find it difficult to get jobs. “The main reason for this problem is that there is no placement cell. The students also lack soft skills,” said a source.

Soft skills like communication and language proficiency are essential for getting jobs.

To address the problem, the university is planning to start soft-skill classes for students of self-financed and vocational courses. Personnel management and industrial relations students would be the first to benefit from the move.

The new placement cell at the university would also help students in these courses interact with industries and get jobs in top companies.

Prabhakar Jha, head of the department, personnel management and industrial relations, said: “At present there is no placement cell at the university. The government has to initiate the process of creating the cell.”

He added that the growing popularity of the self-financed and vocational courses had prompted vice-chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh to assure the students and teachers of a placement cell.

That’s not all. “In its effort to attract companies to the PU, the department of labour resources in collaboration with the university has decided to organise a daylong job fair on January 31,” said the head of the personnel management and industrial relations department.

From the next semester, admission to three self-financed and vocational courses — personnel management and industrial relations, rural studies, industrial safety management — would be on the basis of Common Admission Test, Management Aptitude Test and Xavier Aptitude Test.

“We would get better students if they are admitted on the basis of the scores of the competitive exams. Also, students from all over the country would get admission to these courses,” said Jha.

At present, courses conduct admission tests for the applicants, followed by an interview.

Jha said: “All-India Management Association has directed the universities offering management courses to accept scores of management admission tests while admitting students.”

Quality control is not the only reason for the university seeking management entrance test scores. The authorities often get complaints of nepotism from students seeking admission to these courses. Students taking admission to MBA and MFC courses would also have to furnish their MAT scores.