At present, higher education sector is witnessing unprecedented changes aimed at achieving global standards in knowledge transfer and creation of skilled human
resource. The instances of finding students from socio-economic fringe groups outside this enriching experience are not uncommon due to issues of affordability,
exposure and readiness. Unless remedied, the benefits of higher education will remain elusive for a major chunk of the populace.
During 2009, the Department of Collegiate Education with a workscape covering even the most backward areas of the state, decided to usher in a welcome change
through a skill training programme ‘Hosa Hejje’. This initiative under Public-Private Partnership was meant for improving soft skills amongst the students of
Government First Grade colleges.
A Glimpse of "Job Mela" programs held at varoius places
‘Hosa Hejje’ had three components:
1. Angla - A language empowering course for I year students, aimed at improving English communication skills.
2. Vikasana - A holistic wellness program for II year students focussed on confidence building, developing healthy interpersonal relationships and to ensure
that youth face modern day pressures successfully.
3. Sahayog - An industry-academia venture for imparting employability skills to the final year students to inculcate professionalism amongst them.
With the intent of taking this skill development programme to a new level, a novel initiative titled ‘Naipunya Nidhi’ was conceptualised during 2013-14. This
program is aimed at crafting new opportunities, improving the self-image and imparting employability skills to the students, a sizeable number of who are from the
disadvantaged socio-economic background. Naipunya Nidhi is an inclusive training module for all students of undergraduate program. Naipunya Nidhi has training
programmes rich in content, delivered using novel teaching tools like EDUSAT.
The first year students are trained in communication English. Conversational and writing skills are honed through intense training in form and functions of the
• The second year students are trained in social skills and Indian culture. This training template aims at helping the students develop self-respect, healthy
relationship, emotional intelligence, goal-setting and time management, leadership qualities and creates awareness about values and ethics.
•Employability skills are imparted to the final year students under the NSDC (National Skill Development Council) approved ‘STAR’ (Standard Training
Assessment and Reward) scheme. NSDC is a Government of India body that strives for bridging the skill gap through skill training and upgradation. The trainers of
the STAR scheme are NSDC empanelled partners. This program trains students in high market-demand sector skills like BFSI, IT/ITeS, Retail, Telecom, Gems
and Jewellery, Health care etc. The variety of skills dealt with in this training, enhances the job prospects and is expected to lower the unemployment rates.
•As a collaborative venture of DCE and Global Shapers World Economic Forum, a Corporate Leadership Training Program was launched for PG students of
Government Colleges in Bangalore in 2012-13. To reach out to wider section of students, this training is being made accessible to 5000 PG/UG students in 2013-
14. This training program helps students develop ‘T’-shaped competencies and deepen their technical, professional, soft and leadership skills.
•DCE partnering with Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India has undertaken a pilot project for training students of 2 Government Colleges of Bangalore in
entrepreneurship. This 6 days training is provided at zero cost.
The DCE would deem its efforts amply rewarded if students make the best use of these opportunities.