PreParing rajasthani graduates for Professional World

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Ashok-JainThe Government of Rajasthan with its focus on imparting education to tribal and rural population of the State has also signed MoUs to impart skill and job-oriented training to the youth of State, says Ashok Jain, Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan, in an interview with Kartik Sharma of Elets News Network (ENN).

What are the various initiatives undertaken by the Government of Rajasthan to enhance competiveness of manpower as per global standards?

The Government of Rajasthan in a joint venture with Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL), Pune; University of Rajasthan, Jaipur; Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur; Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University, Kota; Rajcomp Info Services Ltd, and Centre for e-governance, has set up Rajasthan Knowledge Corporation Limited (RKCL). It is a public limited company with an objective to develop a new educational framework that can plan, implement, supervise and regulate the developing needs for IT skills in the 21st century in the State.

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ajasthan has created vast infrastructure under education sector for schools, colleges and technical institutions. The government has also come up with initiatives for enhancing employability quotient. Rajasthan Skill & Livelihoods Development Corporation (RSLDC) is the main agency for skill development across state.

The Government of Rajasthan is taking various initiatives for better connectivity with students, to hone computer skills of students and coordinate amongst all educational institutions, universities, students and the Government.

The State Government has its emphasis on educating rural population and people of economically weaker sections of the society, what are the new initiatives taken in this direction?

To make the education easily accessible to every section of the State, the Government of Rajasthan is trying to remove impediments of SC, ST, women, rural students and poor students in this regard. The government is laying special emphasis on access to higher education and also to increase the enrollment of SC, ST, women, poor and rural students by providing them scholarships and books. Further, proactive steps have been taken to achieve the above goal such as subsidised higher education for lowincome families, subsidised education to girls in rural areas, free education to SC/ST girls and encourage donor participation in girls’ SC and ST education.

Other than this, merging of schools, staffing pattern and teachers’ accountability measures are also introduced in the last two years that have improved the education scenario among the rural population of the state.

With Rajasthan’s literacy rate being around 60 per cent, lower than that of the national average (around 74 per cent), how is the State government planning to achieve the national average? 

national average? The Rajasthan Government in its efforts to match the national average of literacy rate has taken the following steps:

Updated Curriculum: It is necessary for the educational institutes to update their syllabus time to time which is dynamic and related to the current scenario of the market. The updated syllabus helps the students to understand the industry trends.

Innovation: Higher education institutes need to take some innovative steps in their institutes such as satellite and video classes, seminars on various topics. Educational institutions should adopt the latest methodologies to educate their students. Faculties should be flexible with technology for teaching.

Industry Interaction: Interaction with the industries should be increased in higher education. Lack of information about latest industry trends among students results into declined placements in an institution.

The government is laying special emphasis on access to higher education and also to increase the enrollment of SC, ST, women, poor and rural students by providing them scholarships and books.

Libraries are the window of a zone’s culture, how is the government supporting them to provide good quality study material to students?

The facility of library must be available in every institute of the State. Institutions must improve their library with world-class reference books and journals for students and faculties. The government in its effort to provide students access to good quality study material may soon launch digital libraries. These libraries will help the students to access quality material anytime.

What are some of projects on which the State government is working to bring the education sector of Rajasthan at par with the global standards?

• To obtain the larger objectives of quality higher education, the following goals have been stated to be achieved:

• Expansion in a planned manner so as to improve availability as per population and spatial norms of institutional density

• To increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) from the present level with specific attention to gender, SC, minorities, OBCs, differently challenged

• Reduce disparity in GER across geographic, economic, and social groups

• To increase the Gender Parity Index (GPI) from the present level

• To enhance quality of teaching and research so as to match to global standards through revision of curriculum, syllabus, teaching learning material text books, pedagogical process ICT in education

• Enhance infrastructural facilities and enhance the existing ones

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