Odisha govt for employment-linked curriculum in tech courses

Bhubaneswar: With about 45,000 qualified youths unable to get jobs and about 62 per cent of seats remaining vacant in different engineering colleges in the state, Odisha government today said it will formulate an employment-linked curriculum for technical courses.

This was the view shared by many, including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, at the brainstorming session on ‘Present and Future Perspectives of Technical Education’ here organised by the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT).

As the technical education system of the country is passing through a transformation, it needs to cope with challenges like globalisation of education, industry-ready skill set, employable technical manpower policy on ranking of institutes, course offering through MOOCs (massive open online courses) and presence of foreign universities, said Minister Skill Development and Technical Education Sanjay Dasburma.

“We need to have a curriculum, which will ensure employment for our technically qualified youths,” Dasburma said, adding, the declining trends in admissions, shortage of qualified faculty members, employability of technical manpower are the primary issues faced by technical institutes across the country and also in the state.

BPUT, Odisha, with over 150 technical institutes affiliated to it also faces the same challenges, he said.

Inputs from Chairman, AICTE, Secretary General, QCI, senior executives from industries of repute and academicians would be immensely valuable for formulating the road map, Dasburma said.

“The technical education policy enacted in the past needs a re visit to encompass the modifications in order to facilitate the technical education system of the state. The recommendations of this workshop will be given due considerations in the policy document of the state to shape technical education,” Dasburma said.

Addressing the session, Chief Minister Patnaik said, “The state is aiming at providing the best technical knowledge and skill to its youth to compete in the global scenario. Future technical education should focus on competency-based learning, higher order reasoning, outcome-based education, employable technical skill, work attitude, ethical practice, industry recognised credentials and other relevant issues.”