Skill upgradation and job-oriented courses should be started: CM

Bhopal: CM Dr. Mohan Yadav has said that it is necessary to start skill-based courses at high school and higher secondary level to retain students in schools and maintain a high level of gross enrollment ratio. According to the provisions of the National Education Policy, students of this level should be linked to readymade garments, horticulture, agriculture-based skills and vocational courses as per the need of the area. Dr. Yadav was addressing the review meeting of the proposed action plan to boost the gross enrollment ratio in educational institutions.

Scholarship disbursal must be prompt

Dr. Yadav emphasized the need to enhance the gross enrollment ratio by collaborating with district-level officials and teachers to devise an action plan. He suggested engaging hostel wardens in tribal districts in teaching roles and developing an administrative cadre to manage hostel operations. Dr. Yadav also mentioned considering arrangements for students from all categories to reside together in hostels in the future. He instructed that scholarship disbursements to students must be prompt without any delays under any circumstances.

Dr. Yadav said that to increase students’ interest in studies, it is necessary to conduct activities like dialogue programmes, science fairs, science trips and come-learn-know at the school level. Conduct these activities in collaboration with the School Education Department, MPCOST, Culture, Archaeology, Tourism departments.

Courses like forensic science-pilot training should be started

CM Dr. Yadav said that subjects like agriculture and forensic science should be started at the college level in more and more institutions of the state. Regional farmers and their farms should also be linked to the study of agricultural science at the graduate level for practical experience. In the districts where there are airstrips, pilot training can also be started in coordination with universities and pilot training institutes. Employment oriented courses related to paramedical should also be conducted by universities and physical education and sports activities should be included in the courses.

Assess and upgrade polytechnic and engg colleges

Chief Minister Dr. Yadav directed to evaluate the state’s polytechnic institutions through grading and undertaking meaningful efforts for their enhancement. He advocated for the introduction of courses aligned with current demands alongside traditional ones. Dr. Yadav stressed the importance of ensuring provisions for study, research, and training in state engineering colleges to address future demands and challenges. Additionally, coordinated efforts should be made to transition engineering colleges into deemed universities, fostering their self-reliance through their autonomous nature.

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