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Steps taken to enhance knowledge and skills of Graduates: HRD Minister

Several steps have been taken by the government to strengthen the knowledge and skills of the graduates required for the current job market.

In order to make it achievable, the learning outcome-based curriculum framework (LOCF) has been adopted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) at underground level as on of its quality improvement programme mandate. This got confirmed by an information received from the Lok Sabha.
Skill based education is also being provided by the UGC under the national skill qualification framework in colleges and universities through it scheme of community colleges, DeenDayal Upadhyay centres for knowledge Acquisition and Upgradation of skilled Human Abilities and Livelihood, (DDU KAUSHAL KENDRAS) and B. Voc. Degree programmes. 188 community colleges, 68 DDU Kaushal Kendras and 275 institutions offering B. Voc. were there during 2018-2019.

Academic programmes are also being developed by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in order to keep pace with global advancement in technology. The institute recently has stated a new programme in AI and machine learning.

A committee was constituted last year under the chairmanship of B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, IIT Hyderabad for long term and short-term perspective plan for the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

Major recommendations of the committee consists of- AI, courses on emerging technologies namely, IOT, Blockchains, Quantum Computing, Robotics, Data Sciences, Cyber Security, (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR), 3D Printing and Design and Augmented Reality and greater focus on multi-disciplining courses by reducing the seats in conventional disciplines and converting the seats that are existing into these courses.

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