Finishing school programme for engineering students in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: To make engineering students “industry fit”, Odisha government has started a ‘Finishing school’, a specialised and dedicated programme for them.

International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Bhubaneswar has set up a Finishing school to implement the programme.

The matter was discussed at the Board of Governors Meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary A P Padhi. He directed the IIIT authorities to make the course industry oriented through direct interface with the industries.

The finishing school would be started from the current year. The target is to train around 300 students during this academic year in different batches.

Around 100 students would be put in one batch. The first batch will start from July, 2017. Any graduate in Electrical science, Communication Engineering, Information Technology having domicile in Odisha can avail the opportunity, sources said.

The students would be trained with qualitative skill, employment oriented dexterity, quantitative aptitude, soft skills and others required for their employment. The programme will have a training and skilling duration of 150 hours spread across two months.

There would be around seven assessments including two final assessments. The students would be made industry fit through this finishing training.

The students will also get connected to industries and possible employers. The detail procedures for availing this facility has been put in the website: www.iiit-bh.ac.in .

The cost per student for this training has been estimated at Rs 6000 out of which the state government would provide Rs 3000 and the concerned student would contribute the remaining Rs 3000.

Padhi also asked the IIIT to connect their students to loan subvention schemes of the state government so that no eligible students gets deprived of the opportunities for higher technical education because of his inability to afford for it.

The state government provides interest subvention to banks for educational loans advanced to the students for higher technical education. This subvention is also made available even during the moratorium period. The student has to pay only one per cent interest and the balance interest is borne by the State.