Coming soon: university courses with integrated learning

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked universities to offer undergraduate programs that will include apprenticeships and industrial training, with the aim of promoting results-based learning and improving employability.

The higher education regulator has already developed guidelines for these learning-integrated degrees. Institutions are free to design these programs in consultation with sector skills councils, the Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and industry bodies such as Ficci and CII.

“Taking into account the interests of students and society in general, you are kindly requested to promote integrated learning / internship programs at your university as well as colleges / institutions affiliated with your university,” UGC said in a letter to universities dated September 20. . TBEN saw a copy of the letter.

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These degree programs will allow students to spend a considerable amount of time, perhaps over a year, in the workshops. This decision should help students find employment more quickly and the industry to train manpower, in a context of high unemployment.

A government official, who declined to be named, said he had three key goals: “to improve the employability of students pursuing undergraduate programs, to focus on results-based learning programs and third , strengthen the active links between the higher education system and industries “.

Unemployment in India, already high for several years, has risen further with the covid-19 epidemic, crossing 20% ​​during last year’s national lockdown. It has fallen since then, and according to the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), as of August 31, India’s national unemployment rate was 8.32% and the urban unemployment rate was 9.78%. It is still considered quite high in the labor market. Over 1.5 million people in the formal and informal sectors lost their jobs in August 2021 alone, TBEN reported on September 1.

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The regulator has also asked universities to provide details on the type of courses they want to take in this model and the industries they are partnering with or wanting to partner with by early next month.

The official quoted above said that institutions are free to associate with non-commercial and commercial organizations, establishments and enterprises.

“Integrated learning… will provide a type of training that will not be delivered on campus but in the premises of commercial or non-commercial organizations or businesses. Students graduating from these study programs are eligible for admission to the master’s degree program in the specific subject in which they obtained their undergraduate degree as well as in the subjects for which they obtained 24 credits in the core subjects in as part of their undergraduate studies. program ”, according to official documents.

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