UGC starts registration for annual refresher course
BHOPAL [Maha Media]: University Grants Commission (UGC) has introduced annual refresher programme in teaching (ARPIT)- 2020 for free online education to students under SWAYAM platform. There are 48 MOOCs courses under this programme.
The Commission has started registration for annual refresher programme and last date of registration is December 31. ARPIT programme will end by March 31, 2021.
The Commission has also written universities to offer apprenticeship, internship embedded degree programme to students in affiliated institutes. The Commission said in order to capitalise on India's remarkable demographic dividend, it is essential not only to improve the quality of education but also to make it relevant in terms of providing employment opportunities. The competencies demanded by the industry need to be embedded in our university curriculum so that the employmentemployability gap is overcome.
Minimal linkage between general degree curriculum and employer’s requirement calls for an effective remodeling of degree programmes, driven by changing needs of industry and service sector.
Apprenticeship and internship can play significant role in this context. UGC said, world over, apprenticeship is considered as the most-efficient and promising structured training for exposure to the real working environment.
Realising the importance of internship, the Budget announcement of 2020-21 set out for the introduction of programme to improve employability of general stream students. In line with the Budget Announcement and with the objective of making the fresh graduates employment-ready with necessary knowledge, competencies and attitude Government has recently launched the UGC Guidelines for the programme.