New courses in skill development on anvil

KVTSDC to introduce a variety of programmes
Last Updated 10 January 2010, 17:51 IST

The newly set up Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation (KVTSDC) is planning to diversify the choices by providing students a variety of skill development programmes in the sectors of retail, event management, travel and tourism, besides soft skills to choose from.

To begin with, these courses will be imparted to fifth semester degree students studying in 100 government colleges across the State from the next academic year.

More modules

For students who would like to stick to information and communication technology, there are several modules including computer networking, web designing, BPO voice business training, which they can opt.

 However, going a step ahead, KVTSDC will offer modules to develop skills in retail (as sales person), in tourism (as tour guide, tour programme coordinator, travel and tour operator) besides soft skills for baseline staff in service sector, front line assistant and supervisors.

Employable skills

“The courses have been developed on the lines of Modular Employable Skills (MES) model to equip the youth with practical skills which enable them to seek employment or self-employment”, said H A Keshava Murthy, Deputy General Manager, KVTSDC.

MES are short-term training courses developed under Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS) by Directorate General of Employment and Training, New Delhi in consultation with the industry. 

The programme is being offered in association with the Department of Collegiate Education and the Karnataka Knowledge Commission and has been christened “Sahayog”, Murthy said.

100 hrs duration

While, the infrastructure aspects will be taken care by the Collegiate Education Department, KVTSDC will provide the content material and also the programme facilitators, he said. Each module will be for a duration of 100 hours and will be offered during the fifth semester. 

Department of Employment and Training Commissioner S R Umashankar said the testing of skills of students will be done by independent assessing bodies, not involved in training delivery.  The training will be free of cost and successful students will be provided with certificates that will be nationally and internationally recognised. The project will first cover around 4,000 students in 100 colleges.

(Published 10 January 2010, 17:51 IST)

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