Amid rising unemployment and criticism that the education system in India is not helping create employable graduates, the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry is looking at ways to add up to a 1,000 hours of ‘professional’ component to undergraduate programs.
It has been proposed that for the three most popular courses- Bachelors of Arts, Bachelors of Science and Bachelors of Commerce Components on soft skills, Information Technology and discipline specific professional skills be added to make them more job oriented.
B.A, BSc and B.com will become professional courses with about 1000 hours of specialised content integrated into these programmes, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today said in New Delhi responding to media queries on employability.
It is hoped that this new format of undergraduate programmes can be rolled out by 2019. As per initial discussions, it is proposed that up to 250 hours of soft skills, another 250 hours of ICT will be added to the BA, BSc and B Com courses. 500 hours of two separate job oriented skills which will be relevant to the discipline chosen by the student, will supplement the undergraduate level course.
The issue of increasing employability of students through a curriculum upgrade, was discussed at length in Mussorie during the HRD ministry retreat to craft a new strategy for education for 2022. The HRD minister informed of the proposal while recounting the achievements of the Modi government in the education sector over the last four years.