K'taka govt to start add-on courses in 35 new degree colleges

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Udupi, Oct 18 (UNI) Higher Education Minister Aravind Limbavali today announced that 'add-on courses' would be started in 35 degree colleges from the coming academic year to help improve employability factor of college students.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here he said these add-on courses would help improve the employability in different sectors.

The government had initiated talks with top industries, including those in IT sector, for providing suitable inputs, including faculty training for these courses. Qualified students would be provided internship in these industries during vacation, he said.

He said UGC had recommended he state to start such courses. The state government had taken up the initiative under Public Private Partnership.

These courses would be introduced in B.A and B.Sc degree courses.

The course material for these courses would prepared by the respective colleges based on the requirements of the industries.

Asked about large number of seats having no takers in engineering colleges in he state, he said this had been the result of opening of a number of new engineering colleges in North Indian states of UP and Bihar.

To promote Sanskrit language, the government had decided to set up a Sanskrit University and it had released Rs two crore to prepare the groundwork.

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