To bridge the gap between academics and skills, the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) has proposed to initiate additional vocational training in higher education institutes from the next academic year.
With the rapid expansion of industries, the demand for technicians and skilled workers is also growing steadily in all the sectors. However, the intake at vocational institutes has remained constant for several years. In this current scenario, the integrated approach of universities in the country to teach mainstream courses and vocational training is gaining popularity.
To meet this demand and fill the skills gap, the Telangana government is planning to provide vocational training to students at the intermediate as well as undergraduate levels. As per the proposal, students will be trained in any of the selected vocational skills along with their regular courses.
Although the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and the Advanced Training Institutes (ATIs) are already offering exclusive vocational courses at the Intermediate level, but the government still feels that students from technical education lack skills despite their well-designed curriculum and this is affecting their chances of getting jobs in the industry.