Students take part in a group activity at Graduate School College for Women on Thursday. (Bhola Prasad)
Students of Graduate School College for Women have taken the step to be job-ready.
The Sakchi-based college under Kolhan University (KU) became the first cradle on Thursday to begin classes under the much-ambitious National University Student Skills Development (NUSSD) programme, which aims to increase the employability of the students via a number of skill-oriented courses. Lessons kick-started with a pilot batch of the foundation course.
KU is one of the nine institutes selected by the Union ministry for youth affairs and sports to start NUSSD programme in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.
It is mandatory for students to be members of National Service Scheme to apply for the programme.
At Graduate School College for Women, the 120 students who had enrolled for the course will receive training on soft skills, computer literacy, spoken English as a part of the foundation course.
Thereafter, they will be taught advanced courses in fields like finance, computing, legal and health.
“We are happy to start classes under NUSSD. As this is a pilot project, we might come across a number of difficulties. Hence, both the college and TISS have to work in tandem to smoothly implement the programme. The main ambition is to fulfil the human resources requirement in the job market today,” said Usha Shukla, principal, Graduate School College for Women.
The NUSSD programme is optional and free and can be pursued parallely with three-year undergrduate courses.
“I decided to join the NUSSD programme because I feel that an extra certificate will increase my chances of bagging jobs after passing out,” said Neeta Mohan, one of the students.
The college has divided the students in three batches and classes will held in free time depending on the convenience of students and teachers.
LBSM College in Karandih and Jamshedpur Women’s College will follow suit soon.