Govt introduces 21st Century Gurukulams

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Tirupati, Nov 11: Providing industry-required skills to the rural youth, the Andhra Pradesh Government has introduced '21st Century Gurukulams', a new curriculum concept, State Council of Higher Education Chairman K C Reddy said here.

After inaugurating the event in Sri Venkateswara University (SVU), Prof Reddy said yesterday they would establish the Gurukulam centres in each district of the State by 2009 and the students would be selected from mandal level. They concept would be presented before the Centre to gain support, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, SVU Vice-Chancellor S Jayarama Reddy said the Government had started the gurukulam programme to provide quality education to the rural students for getting into quality employment. Its secondary goal was to enable them to succeed in national entrance examinations, including IIM and UPSC examinations, Dr Reddy added.

Stating that the Government could not provide jobs for all, Prof Reddy had earlier said every student should develop their soft skills to meet the challenges in the global market.

The Career Awareness Recruitment Drive Programme (CARD) would be held for two days in SVU from November 17. The basic idea of CARD was to create awareness among candidates about the vast employment opportunities available in the IT and ITES sectors, the chairman said.

''We were planning to conduct ten such CARD programmes at various Universities in the State by end of March, 2008,'' he added.


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