25 October, 2020

‘We Are Making Higher Education More Skill-Centric’

UGC chairman D.P Singh tells Outlook why most youths aren't job-ready, and what steps has the statutory body taken to improve the quality of higher education.

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‘We Are Making Higher Education More Skill-Centric’

Out from college, most youths aren’t job-ready or strong in entrepreneurial skills. University Grants Commission chairman D.P. Singh tells Lola Nayar about the steps taken by the statutory body to improve the qua­lity of higher education institutions and make them more vocation-oriented. Excerpts:

At a lecture meet recently in Chennai, Infosys co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy had voiced concerns about a talent crunch in the country imp­acting youth and in turn entrepreneurship. What is the UGC proposing to promote innovation and entrepreneurship?

The issue Murthy points out is very important, especially at this juncture. Yes, we should prepare our students more to improve their employability, particularly help them turn entrepreneurs. When we talk about entrepreneurship, it involves niche competency, skills and behaviour, which require the learner or student to have risk-taking abilities, to know the job market and also the potential for employment. The person must also know his/her hidden...



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