PANJIM: Endorsing Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s call for ‘skilled Goa’, the Goa University has decided to work with various industry associations to enhance the skills of students in the field of STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Social Sciences and Humanities. Schools have been directed to frame at least one skill-development course this year.
Addressing the 33rd Convocation ceremony, Vice-Chancellor Harilal Menon also announced that University is gearing up to roll out the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 from the current academic year. Governor of Goa and Chancellor, Sreedharan Pillai and the Chief Minister were present for the Convocation.
“We at Goa University endorse his (CMs) assertion of working with all industry associations, chambers of commerce and corporate bodies, to seed and enhance the skills of Goan students, whether in the STEM domain or in Social Sciences and Humanities. In fact, I have taken the proactive step of requesting the faculty at each of the schools to frame at least one skill-development and/or entrepreneurship course, to begin with,” Menon said.
He said that participatory stakeholders, such as the industry in lockstep with academia, need to interface continuously and productively in ensuring that the modern-day graduates and research scholars are equipped with the requisite skill-sets which can make them not job seekers, but as the Prime Minister says, job givers and more so job-creators.
“Hence, the amplified role for fuelling the creative juices and spirits of young Indians, to become entrepreneurs, such that the next Steve Jobs or Elon Musk must emanate from India,” he said.
Speaking on NEP, Menon said that the university is trenchantly gearing-up to roll-out all pertinent dimensions, enjoined within the NEP 2020, during the current academic year itself.
“While remaining tethered to the four key pillars of access, equity, quality and inclusivity, we also want to embrace the five dimensions of relevance, economics, innateness, innovation and excellence. This implies working concurrently and assiduously along five trajectories, of bringing pioneering and futuristic curriculum content and teaching methodologies; enabling an ecosystem that can the best and brightest minds and talents to associate with the University,” he said.
The VC said that the university has recently peregrinated into ‘School’ system, whereby myriad academic disciplines are either amalgamated or subsumed, in a cohesive and functional manner, so as to render and dispense qualitative multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary learning to our students in line with NEP 2020.
On the occasion of 33rd convocation, altogether 12,723 students were recognised as graduates, post graduates, postgraduate diploma holders and doctorates of Goa University.
During the event, the vice-chancellor informed about completion of the dedicated premise for Manohar Parrikar School of Law, Governance and Public Policy’.