Minister for Higher Education T B Jayachandra said that there was an urgent need to prepare employment-friendly curriculum for degree and diploma colleges to address the every-growing problem of unemployment in the country.
The minister said that mere degree courses unless it fulfils industry needs were futile.
Speaking after inaugurating a two-day state-level technical exhibition – Neeve Madi Nodi (Do it yourself) – jointly organised by the Department of Technical Education and JSS Polytechnic for Differently Abled, the minister felt that the education system ought to be revamped in order to help students get job the moment they graduate.
“Unemployment has remained one of the biggest challenges for both the centre and state governments. With the increase in the number of college pass outs every year, there has been a marked increase in the number of unemployed youths. The solution to this lies with the educational institutions itself – employment-friendly education,” he said.
Minister for Higher Education highlighted that once this policy was implemented it could address the problem of unemployment
He added, students need to be encouraged when they approach with innovative ideas and their projects need to be documented.
“With the state government encouraging startup policies, these ideas from students offers immense potential. We cannot just let go of their ideas,” he said.
Jayachandra also recalled the contribution of education institutions run by mutts especially JSS Mahavidhyapeeta in Mysuru and Ooty.
“The mutts have done which no governments since independence could do. The institutions run by mutts have contributed immensely in the field of education. I feel very happy that JSS has extended technical education to differently-abled students to bring them into the mainstream,” the minister said, adding, “About 65 percent pass outs from the JSS Polytechnic for Differently Abled have been placed and are drawing good salaries.”
The minister stressed on Diploma and ITI courses saying that they have more value than other courses quoting an incident from Toshiba and Mitsubishi companies in Tumkur that preferred Diploma and ITI candidates over BE.
As many as 60 models in Computer Science, Electronics, Civil, Mechanical, Automobile, Architecture and Mechatronics from about 55 polytechnic and engineering colleges from across the state were displayed in the exhibition.
Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswami, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha, MLA Vasu, Mysuru City Corporation Mayor B L Bhyrappa and Director, Department of Technical Education, H U Talwar were present.