Srinagar: The University of Kashmir has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Mumbai to undertake some key employability, entrepreneurship, literacy and student engagement programmes in Kashmir in next three years.
KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Talat Ahmad was the chief guest at the MoU-signing ceremony, organised by the varsity’s prestigious Centre for Career Planning and Counselling (CCPC), the nodal center to execute the MoU from the varsity side.
Five key projects including ‘Youth Employment Programme (YEP)’, ‘goITis a TCS CSR Programme’, ‘TCS Ignite My Future (IMF) Programme’, ‘TCS Adult Literacy Programme (ALP)’ and ‘Entrepreneurship Programme (EP)’ are part of the MoU between the two institutions.
The YEP aims at improving employability skills of undergraduates by imparting English communication skills, corporate etiquette practices, analytical thinking and problem-solving techniques, basic computer skills, technical skills and confidence levels among youth while the goITis programme increases interest in STEM and Computer Science through design-thinking, mobile app development, and mentorship from TCS employees. The IMF programme is a trans-disciplinary educator training programme which aims to ignite the spark of curiosity and problem-solving through Computational Thinking, while the ALP aims to augment the Government of India’s efforts to address the momentous challenge of educating adults. The EP, on the other hand, aims to support committed and passionate youth towards their entrepreneurship journey through skill development, market mobilisation and mentorship.
In his presidential address, Prof Talat said the current MoU with TCS is an important milestone to help address the employability concerns of Kashmir youth, especially those from underprivileged sections of the society, by way of their skilling and upskilling.
He said Kashmiri youth are immensely talented and it’s merely a matter of getting a right opportunity for them to showcase their talent.