On September 5, the Andhra Pradesh government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). The MoU envisages implementation of programme activities of ‘Andhra Pradesh University Students Employability Skill Development Programme,’ a flagship initiative of the state government.
As per an official release, the MoU was signed in Visakhapatnam on the occasion of Teacher’s Day, in presence of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Minister for HRD Ganta Srinivas Rao.
The CM said that, “We aim to transform Andhra Pradesh state into a knowledge hub by providing quality education and giving opportunities for students to develop employability skills among the Universities and Colleges in the state.”
Also, the MoU involves strategic partnerships with civil society organisations, public sector bodies, private sector institutions and social entrepreneurship organisations, etc., to complement the efforts of the Andhra Pradesh State Knowledge Mission, and accelerate its progress for achievement of the Mission objectives, it added.
The Tata Institute of Social Sciences has been designated for the implementation of National University Student Skill Development Programme (NUSSD), which aims to enhance employability skills of university students. Currently, it is being implemented across 11 universities in India. A comprehensive skill development model has been developed that will have elements of English communication and soft skill, digital and computer skills, analytical skills, financial literacy, legal literacy, entrepreneurship, leadership development.
It further added that the model will also add on a specialisation in a specific domain to make the graduating youth employable. The programme will be carried out through Jawahar Knowledge Centres (JKC) across the state and will also include some of the best courses and practises from National University Students Skill Development Programme.