Govt in pact with Toyota for students' expo

In an effort to provide industrial exposure to polytechnic students, the State government has decided to tap into the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities of major multinational companies.

On Wednesday, as part of this initiative, Minister for Higher Education R V Deshpande and Toyota Motors Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding to provide a one-year cert-ificate course for mech-anical and automobile engineering students from the government polytechnic in Joida, Uttara Kannada district.

Second initiative

This will be Toyota Motors’ second such initiative, the first being its ongoing admin-istrative support to the Government CPC Polytechnic College in Mysore. Toyota, reportedly, would also be looking at absorbing students from these institutes after they clear the certificate programme.

The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) and the Higher Education department are now planning to expand this opportunity to other polytechnic students in various fields. 

Certification Programme

According to H U Talwar, director of DTE, the government is already in talks with software giant Microsoft for providing global level online certification programme to students in the government polytechnic in Soraba. 

However, the talks are in initial stages, he added.

He said the DTE was planning to approach other corporates to boost employment opportunities for students. 

The department has also spoken with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay on training students in communication skills, he added.

It is estimated that Karnataka has over 45,000 polytechnic students studying various disciplines of engineering. 

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