Principal Secretary, Skill Development Department (SDD), Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, today chaired a meeting to review implementation of skill initiatives and courses as per NEP-2020 in Polytechnic Colleges and ITIs across Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting was attended by Director SDD, Special Secretary, School Education Department, Principals and Superintendents of Polytechnics and ITIs of all districts, representatives of IUST, Kashmir University, BGSBU, Cluster University Kashmir and other stakeholders.
During the meeting, Dr. Samoon conducted a comprehensive review of various skill initiatives being implemented in Polytechnic Colleges and ITIs in accordance with the NEP-2020. He also assessed revision of syllabus in accordance with the NEP-2020 guidelines in all polytechnic colleges of J&K.
Addressing the officers, Dr. Samoon emphasized that introduction of skill courses in polytechnics is very crucial in todays world as these will help in shaping a skilled workforce for enhanced growth and development of entire country. He impressed upon all stakeholders to work in coordination for smooth implementation of skill initiatives in skill institutes across J&K.
Speaking on different aspects of NEP, Dr. Samoon said that this policy emphasizes on significance of vocational education and skill development which will be guiding force in the ongoing progress of our country. He impressed upon the stakeholders to organise various skill based training sessions and workshops, arousing the students’ dedication and enthusiasm towards acquiring practical skills relevant to their chosen fields.
Principal Secretary further said that successful implementation of skill initiatives in polytechnic colleges and ITIs aligns with the government’s vision of empowering youth with necessary skills to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving job market.
While reviewing progress on revision of syllabus in Polytechnic Colleges, Dr. Samoon emphasized upon the Principals to complete the process before the onset of new session. He asked them to collaborate with industrial stakeholders and take their suggestions into consideration also while framing new syllabus keeping in mind the emerging market demands.
Dr Samoon emphasised that policy and procedural enablers have to be put in place including equipping young students with the knowledge and skills they need to seamlessly transition and progress onto the next stage.