BHUBANESWAR: The Higher Education Department has asked principals of Government degree colleges to open Knowledge Acquisition and Upgradation of Skilled Human Abilities and Livelihood (Kaushal) centres in the new academic session.
The Kaushal scheme, started by the University Grants Commission (UGC), is aimed at meeting the increasing demand of skilled hands.
Sources in the Department said the centres would work for coordination between higher education system and industry to become centres of excellence for skill development in specialised areas. The centres will undertake research and development in the areas related to skill education and development, entrepreneurship, employability and labour market trends.
Courses like applied arts, healthcare, media, technical and soft skills will be offered in the centres. The UGC would provide an assistance of `5 crore during 12th Plan Period for each centre. A one-time start-up assistance of upto `2 crore for developing infrastructure, procuring equipment and renovation of building will also be provided.
Under the scheme, one professor, two associate professors, four assistant professors, one technical assistant and one multi-tasking staff will be considered for each centre.
Department Secretary Gagan Dhal has asked the principals to send their proposals regarding opening of Kaushal centres and subjects in which training will be offered to degree students at the earliest.
He has also asked the Regional Directors of Education of Bhubaneswar, Berhampur and Sambalpur to identify degree colleges where such centres can be opened.
Apart from these Kaushal centres, the Department will open seven community colleges offering vocational courses to students from 2015-16 academic session. These colleges are Bhawanipatna’s Government Autonomous College, Maharaja Purna Chandra College at Baripada, Keonjhar’s Dharanidhar Autonomous College, Fakir Mohan Autonomous College at Balasore, Khallikote Autonomous College in Ganjam, Government Autonomous College at Rourkela and Jeypore’s Vikram Dev College.