Tailor curricula to enhance job possibilities, says Mufti
RAJOURI: Urging policy planners to unlock the full potential of education as a driver for growth and jobs, Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Monday highlighted the need to revisit various academic programmes of the universities to tailor curricula for enhancing the possibilities of employment of pass-outs in the world of cut-throat competition.
He said the universities are coming under intense pressure to ensure that their graduates are employable, for which placement cells are urgently required to be activated. A full-fledged campus placement cell with independent officers has to be established both at Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University and the Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora, so that graduates are readily absorbed in the ever-expanding job market, he observed.
The Chief Minister said this while chairing a high-level meeting of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) here Monday, during which he took wide ranging decisions to improve its functioning.
This was the first visit of the Chief Minister to the university after Prof. Javed Mussarat took over as the new Vice Chancellor. The Chief Minister had last visited the University on June 6, earlier this year.
Minister for Horticulture, Haj & Auqaf, A. R. Veeri, Minister for CA&PD and Tribal Affairs, Ch. Zulfkar, Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar, Minister for Transport, A. G. Kohli and Advisor to the Chief Minister, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo were also present on the occasion.
Asking planners to shift towards looking at skills and their effective utilization, Mufti Sayeed, who is also the Chancellor of the university, asked the VC to give him a blueprint of how he plans to revitalise the university and create strong linkages between education and jobs, which will spur placement of pass-outs.
To augment the requirement for paramedic staff for upcoming medical college at Rajouri, the Chief Minister asked VC to initiate the process of establishing a nursing college. The VC must also explore enhancing intake capacity of such courses which have a huge demand in the job market, he stated.
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