Make courses relevant to market: Akhter

SRINAGAR: Minister for Education, Naeem Akhter, Friday stressed on making academic courses relevant to demands of the market and fast-changing economy.
“Courses to be taught in educational institutions need to be technical and divergent enough to cater to the changing economy,” he said during his visit to SP College here.
“The colleges should take maximum benefit of the centrally-sponsored schemes like community colleges and Khushal Kendras, which promote such vocational education with substantial grants from the central government,” he added.
He asked the faculty to “think out of box” and start introducing job-oriented courses in the institutions of higher learning. The Education Minister directed the college authorities to “infuse new spirit into the functioning of the college.”
Terming the Choice Based Credit System a “historic academic opportunity”, Akhter asked the college principals to motivate the students towards learning Arabic language and work towards “value-addition that shall enable them for lucrative jobs in the Middle East and elsewhere.” He said the faculty members should get “actively involved” in the process of preparation and submission of proposals to the relevant funding agencies, such as UGC, RUSA and Department of Science & Technology, for augmenting the infrastructure of colleges.