The BHEL has recognised IGNOUs two- year Associate Degree in Engineering at par with diploma in engineering for recruitment at supervisory level in the company.

According to official estimates, Indi

a will need 500 million skilled people and 250 million graduates to sustain double digit growth of economy by 2022. The GOI has, time and again, emphasised upon the need to solve the problem of skill shortage in the country.

This is a major challenge.

The union HRD ministry will be launching national vocational qualification framework soon in collaboration with the State Governments, municipalities, sector skills councils and industries.

According to a press release, the two- year Associate Degree course in engineering, launched by IGNOU, has some distinctive features.

It works towards improving skilled manpower and renders value- added education with theoretical inputs and practical exposure. The course is a combination of theory classes for one year on- job training for one year with stipend in reputed industries . This helps the students to develop the required skills.

Such students on completion of course will be having theoretical as well as practical experience and they may be placed to work in industry without any additional training. A large number of passed out students of the first batch have got placements in different industries with attractive packages.

The Government of India has entrusted IGNOU to launch community colleges through out India to promote, skill- based and workrelated job- oriented training to empower youths to get employment or prepare them for self- employment.

Dr. S. A. Pillai, Managing Director, IGNOU- IIMSHE Community College has announced the admissions for the next batch of Associated Degree in Engineering for 10 + 2 pass ( science) students.

They may contact the college for further details.

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