SKILL DEVELOPMENT Dt. 28-08-2015
I wish to inform all my staff and students that I attended the orientation session on “Skill development centres in Polytechnic colleges“by APSSDC – Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation on 27th August 2015 at Sri City Campus as per the Instructions of our Higher Officials.
The state government of Andhra Pradesh established the new department of SDEI (Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Innovation) with the APSSDC as its Implementing (HoD) agency. APSSDC is established in order to tackle the shortage of skilled workforce in various sectors. To address this issue, APSSDC establishes skill development centres in Engineering colleges, Degree, Polytechnics and other Institutions.
In a recent SDC program, the final year degree students in CSE/IT/ECE were trained by industry grade trainers positioned in the SDC as well as through online by experts, the students developed 275 diverse projects. Having done projects on their own end-to-end, the confidence levels of students are noticeably higher and they fared much better.
A new interesting program of APSSDC for the academic year 2015-16 in engineering. Colleges is program for improved delivery of Lab oriented courses and soft skills. Through this program, in order to address the glaring gaps that prevail in most colleges in the delivery of fundamental and lab-oriented courses, experts from Industry/Universities will conduct on line sessions in interactive hands on fashion. Students also practise these along with the faculty member. Recorded sessions will be made available through the learning management systems (LMS) hosted in the college on weekly basis. I strongly hope the practical sessions in our polytechnics will also be strengthened and our students acquire the practical skills for their livelihood.
During the meeting there was a presentation on SDC, t-SDI training as per the model and methodology of COE (centres of excellence) of Siemens Company. Siemens centres of excellence are already established in Gujarat. A cluster comprises of 1 centre of excellence (COE) and 5 Technical Skill Development Institutions (t-SDI). These institutions would be established at a cost of Rs 546,84,18,908/- with Siemens and Design Tech. providing grant in aid of Rs 491,84,18,908 (90%) and Govt. share being Rs 55,00,000/- (10%). As per the AP state govt. plans six Siemens clusters will be established in the state each costing Rs 546.84 Crore. The AP Govt. has sanctioned an amount of Rs 370,78,80,000/- for establishing these six clusters from the current year’s budget allocation. The entire meeting sessions were monitored by Dr. Subba Rao Ghanta the MD &CEO of APSSDC, secretary to Govt. SDEI & EO secretary to Chief Minister. I wish our Polytechnics will get this golden opportunity to revive its glow for the benefit of the youth of our state.
K.V.R.Babu, Principal, GP Addanki