NEP gives freedom of choice for skills development: AICTE chief

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“The country’s universities should raise the academic level, strive for excellence”

“The country’s universities should raise the academic level, strive for excellence”

The new National Education Policy (NEP) gives more freedom of choice for skills development to students of vocational courses through its multi-disciplinary approach and gives due importance to all types of skills, said Anil D. Sahasrabudhe , Chairman of the Indian Council of Technical Education (AICTE). said here Saturday.

Prof. Sahasrabudhe said that all universities in the country should raise their academic standards and strive for excellence in the true spirit of NEP. “Technical and vocational institutions, by their very nature, can exert tremendous effort to foster skill development in the country,” he said at the first graduation ceremony of Bhartiya Skill Development University (BSDU).

Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in professional studies as well as doctoral degrees were awarded to 236 BSDU students on this occasion. Reference was made to the NEP’s emphasis on integrating vocational education into all schools and higher education institutions with the identification of priority areas based on skills gap analysis and local opportunity mapping.

BSDU President Achintya Choudhury said that the students of the university excelled and performed brilliantly in the national skills competitions held recently in Bengaluru and New Delhi. The BSDU follows the training model based on the Swiss dual system of training companies and vocational schools.

Convocation speakers highlighted the importance of innovations from professional institutions in finding new models and practices and expanding the reach of professional education. Higher education institutions are also adopting different models and setting up incubation centers in partnership with industries to provide more opportunities for their students.

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