Nagpur: Union minister for surface transport Nitin Gadkari exhorted academicians to ensure that the current academic curriculum is tailor-made for industries coming in and around the region.
The minister was speaking as a guest of honour at Hislop College during the bicentennial anniversary celebrations of the institute’s founder Reverend Stephen Hislop held on Monday.
Stating that employment potential continues to be a prominent challenge for the region, the minister stressed on the need for an interface between industry and educational institutions.
“The government has managed to attract top multinational companies, an international airport is coming up and crores are being invested in projects like Patanjali. To make sure that the local youth is benefited from these developments, academicians need to keep abreast with it and should offer relevant courses which cater to the capital investments coming in different fields,” he said.
Gadkari further suggested that Nagpur University should customize courses with the resources of the region. “Cotton, coal and forests are the strengths of Vidarbha. The university should impart education and skills that will make the local youth employable in these fields,” he said.
From the current academic session, Hislop will be the first college in the city to start a Bachelor of Vocation in Tourism (BVoC) course with an aim of providing a boost to employment.
During his election campaign, Gadkari had promised 50,000 jobs in his five-year term. “Current figures show that in four years, I have managed to get employment for about 19,000 youth,” he added.
Governor of Tamil Nadu Banwarilal Purohit, who was the chief guest of the function, also stressed on the need for skill development among youngsters.
As reported by TOI earlier, the state government has approved Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) proposal to lease out 10 acre at Wathoda to L&T Construction, for development of Construction Skills Training Institute. Apart from this, construction work of Pune-based Symbiosis University is also going on near Bhandewadi.
During the function, the commemorative postage stamp of the college was also unveiled for the first time by the dignitaries. TOI had recently reported that Hislop College is the first educational institute of to have such a stamp released on it. The 135-year-old college is the third educational institute in the country to get a stamp released this year.
Vice-chancellor of Nagpur University SP Kane and chief postmaster general of Maharashtra Circle HC Agrawal were also present.
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