HED issues guidelines for implementing skill enhancement programmes in colleges

The move comes after the department observed that despite having embedded the NSQF courses in the course curriculum, the degree colleges fall short of awarding appropriate skill completion certificates to the students.
HED issues guidelines for implementing skill enhancement programmes in colleges
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Srinagar: The Higher Education Department (HED) has issued guidelines for the implementation of the skill enhancement programmes in Government Degree Colleges (GDCs) across Jammu and Kashmir.

The move comes after the department observed that despite having embedded the NSQF courses in the course curriculum, the degree colleges fall short of awarding appropriate skill completion certificates to the students.

“This situation has arisen because only theory-based components or general education components of a particular course are being taught at the colleges without conducting training for the matching skill component which require organising internship, and industrial training,” the order reads.

It stated that such courses cannot be taught in college premises under classroom settings.

“At some colleges in every semester a student selects a different course wherein a student earns 12 credit points through different courses studied in different semesters without achieving the desired purpose,” the order reads.

Notably, the GDCs in J&K undertake skill enhancement courses under three broad categories - Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) prescribed credit-based certificate skill courses, the non-NSQF aligned affiliating university-approved credit-based (theory only) courses, and the NSQF non-credit based industry-oriented employability driven other skill courses.

NSQF is a competency-based framework that organises qualifications according to a series of knowledge, skills, and aptitude-based courses stacked from level 4 to level 10 and accords credits and qualification to the award of a certificate, diploma, and advanced diploma by higher education institutions upon following the prescribed guidelines.

In wake of this, the HED has issued guidelines to streamline the conduct of skill-based courses in GDCs across J&K.

A college has to administer a Skill Enhancement Course (SEC) to the students studying in the 4th, 5th, and 6th semesters which would be selected from amongst the NSQF Level 4.

“Once a course is selected from NSQF Level 4, in 4th semester, the same theme or domain should be maintained for the remaining semesters,” the order reads. “It will enable the students to build proficiency on the chosen theme as envisaged under NSQF.”

The colleges have been asked to select the themes keeping in view the Hub and Spoke model created for the Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs).

“After introducing the themes, the concerned college may adopt any other theme keeping in view the availability of resources including the civil infrastructure and faculty,” the order reads.

The HED has also instructed the colleges that the courses should be chosen in line with NSQF prescribed modules for the course.

“The degree colleges should engage training partners after following all the codal formalities for imparting skill components,” the order said.

The HED in its order said that the colleges pursuing affiliating university-approved credit-based courses should ensure that such skill courses, which were only theory-related, should be phased out at the earliest.

“And no new admissions shall be taken in these courses, other than for students who are already enrolled,” the order said.

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