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'Industry - University Synergy Project' between CII and IGNOU launched Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
12,900 students across 52 training centres will be accommodated under the first phase of this program

New Delhi : ‘Industry - University Synergy Project’ to link education to employability was formally announced at a press conference organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). Around 12,900 students across 52 centres in 42 cities will be accommodated under the first phase of this program. CII will be offering domain knowledge for developing curriculum; provide industry experts as faculty; and assist in internship and placement of students.

IGNOU will administer admission; facilitate student’s enrolment; and generate publicity for courses to ensure maximum participation. The project will seek to facilitate the way ahead for fruitful association between the university and Industry to make education practically relevant to the industrial and business applications and thus strengthen human capital. It will also create an enabling environment to develop and train students with requisite skills for employability and subsequent performance in industrial sectors. The project has a clear concern for non-employability of educated students; combating the demand-supply gap; and achieving inclusive skills development amongst the metro youth and young population of remote areas.

The courses to be offered under this project are Travel & Tourism; Security & Fire Safety; and Spoken English and Personality Development.

Mr. Vijay Thadani, Chairman, CII National Education Committee, said, ‘CII is working towards changing wrong connotations associated with word ‘skills’ and this partnership is a milestone in certifying skills’. He further stated, three years ago CII pledged to make India the skills capital of the world. Today CII is focussed towards a number of initiatives on understanding the skill requirements; conducting skill based studies; working backward on industry’s demands; and keeping a tab on overall educational output amongst others. Skills development assumes more importance as CII is the India chapter of ‘World Skills International’

Addressing the press conference Prof. V N Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU said that India has tremendous infrastructural setups for conducting skills based training across the nation. He urged for de-compartmentalisation of education curriculum starting from school, college and university level. He was of the opinion that skills are bound by industry requirement of a particular area at a specific time, wherein industry and education institutions should keep coming together to address such requirements. Community colleges can be of great support in aligning requisite skills amongst women, drop outs etc, he added. He endorsed an unconventional strategy for creating academicians. As per the strategy educational institutions must identify professionals from relevant industry and impart teaching orientation.

The project comes in wake of an MoU signed on 18th August 2008 for enhancing employability for students. As per the agreement CII and IGNOU agreed upon the following:

- To introduce learners to the workings of industry
- To upgrade learner skills in skill based learning outcomes which provide the basis for employability in specific industrial areas
- To optimise the strengths and capabilities of the University along with the experience of industry to enhance avenues of experiential learning
- To assimilate the needs of industry and initiate suitable customization of its learning
- To identify Training providers for conduct of training for the approved discipline

CII's implementation partners for phase I of this project are PremierShield for Security and Fire Services, Kuoni Academy for Travel and Tourism and Educomp for Spoken English and Personality Development.

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