Majority of Shridhar University students come from rural area and they look up for employment rather than startup. Since most of our students want job oriented training, we are laying emphasis on that aspect, says Brig Kartar Singh (Retd), Vice Chancellor of Shridhar University, in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).
What interventions the Shridhar University is taking for ‘skilling’ and enhancing ’employability’ of the students?
It is a well-established fact that employment today is directly proportional to knowledge, skill and attitude popularly known as KSA. While a student is put through the prescribed “knowledge” capsule through the prescribed syllabus, he is not given any particular skills as formal input. We, at Shridhar University, conduct “Skill” capsule to include:
- Soft Skill including communication skills.
- Social Skills.
- General knowledge and environmental skills.
As far as “attitude” is concerned it is developed through actual conduct and formal lectures by senior specialists and psychologists.
What are the initiatives Shridhar University has undertaken in the Student Startup domain?
Majority of our students come from rural area and they look up for employment rather than startup. However, we do realise that as a higher educational Institute we should look into this aspect. As we are finding that most of our students want job-oriented training we are laying emphasis on that aspect presently. In case, the need arises, we will take initiatives towards Startup.
Many countries have started introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI), Coding etc. in the curriculum. What initiatives is the Shridhar University undertaking to make students competent with the emerging technological trend?
Shridhar University is a technology and livelihood-oriented university. As far as technology is concerned we are having collaboration with Computer Aided Designs (CAD) as also we teach cloud computing techniques. However, we have not yet reached the state of AI, and virtual reality level. We do cater for practical, livelihood related and daily useable technology needs as part of our teaching. We teach web designing, CAD and software programmers related to daily and domestic use.
Internship plays a vital role in enhancing the employability of students. Highlight the initiatives Shridhar University has undertaken to facilitate internship for students to provide them hands-on experience within a corporate working environment?
This is our strongest core strength. We conduct internship with industry for a full semester. These internships are conducted with popular names which also help in giving us offer letter during the internship.
Types of Internships Conducted:
Agriculture Students: These students get a RAWE (Rural Agriculture Work Experience) with Krishi Vikas Kendra and rural agriculture based companies in our own States. They see the students working for full semester (nearly six months). Depending upon their performance they give offer letter. Our first B.Sc (Agriculture) has got 100 per cent employment.
Diploma Courses: Our Diploma and post-Diploma courses do a PDPT Training with Government and semi-Government coal fields and during this training they are offered job based on three-month training with the company. Our Diploma – Mining students find nearly 100 percent employment in the coal industry immediately after passing out.
Hotel Management Courses: We do internship, pre-placement training and finally placement training with UEI Global an international brand in hospitality management. Majority of our students find job as per their capability and choice with the help of internship training.
“Shridhar University is a technology and livelihood-oriented university. As far as technology is concerned we are having collaboration with CAD and also teach cloud computing techniques”