Varsities have become factories churning out degrees: H A Venkatesh

The universities in our country which should be shaping the future of students in the right direction have become factories churning out degrees, lamented MYLAC chairman H A Venkatesh.

He was speaking at certificate distribution function for the students who had been imparted vocational training courses in various disciplines, to mark the International Women’s Day and 33rd anniversary celebrations of GUARD, held at Jaganmohan Palace in the city on Wednesday. The training course was organised under the joint auspices of GUARD, Larsen & Toubro Public Charitable Trust.

Students secure various degrees like MA and PhDs, but the real fact is all of these graduates and post-graduates won’t get jobs, said Venkatesh and further added that a mere 0.1 per cent will get government employment. “The universities must seriously deliberate and do a comprehensive study on this and have an open debate on as to how many students secured gainful employment and how have the degrees shaped the students’ life,” he added.

The MYLAC chairman emphasised the need for universities to introduce value-based education which can shape the students’ life as the unemployment rate among youth of our country is alarming. “The universities and educational institutions must work towards eradicating unemployment among youths. In reality, these degrees issued by universities are only for applying to government jobs. The education system has to change to bring more dynamism among the students. They need skill and vocational courses,” Venkatesh stressed.

Larsen & Toubro Public Charitable Trust and GUARD are doing the work of universities by imparting skill and vocational courses. As many 3185 candidates have undergone training between 2011 and 2017. About 2075 trained candidates have ability to sustain themselves in life. The two organisations have been doing a commendable work, said Venkatesh.

Around 80 candidates who underwent training in tailoring, fashion designing, beautician, jari, jardoshi, fabric painting and other courses received certificates.

Zilla Panchayat president Nayeema Sultana, GUARD chairman R Nagaraju, L&T Corporate division (training) chairman A D Shahane, District Industrial Centre joint director Ramakrishna Gowda, GUARD secretary M L Sudarshan Raju, vice president H Raju and others were present.


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