NSDC signs MoUs with Delhi University & UP govt
The University of Delhi and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will, for the first time in the country, integrate skill-based training as part of the graduation curriculum in the Indian higher education space. Under this MoU, 67 colleges of University of Delhi will offer graduate students with skill-based training as a part of applied courses in the regular curriculum. This training will impact approximately 60,000 students who are being admitted each year for study under the four-year UG programme (FYUP). These courses will be introduced to the second year FYUP students in 2014-15 and subsequently will be offered to both second and third year FYUP students. Skill-based courses will cover 4 semesters. In addition to FYUP, University of Delhi will also launch NSDC’s STAR scheme as a short-term programme.
Further, NSDC has also signed an MoU with the UP Skill Development Mission (UPSDM) that aims to align skills-based training imparted by a state government with industry-recognised standards. UPSDM has a target to skill 6.72 lakh youth by 2014-15 through its empanelled training providers. According to the MoU, NSDC & UPSDM will align training curriculum, assessment and certification based on National Occupational Standards developed by Sector Skill Councils.
The ongoing Google summer at BITS Pilani
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, has announced that 51 BITSians have been selected for the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) this year. These students represent different BITS Pilani campuses with the largest cohort from the Goa campus (30), followed by Pilani (18) and Hyderabad (3). GSoC statistics published by Google feature BITS Pilani at No 10 on the list of top institutes worldwide (2005-12). GSoC is a programme where Google awards a stipend of $5,500 to each student who successfully completes a requested free and open-source software coding project during the summer.
WISE’s one-stop-shop for innovation in education
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) has launched digital services on its website to enable the education community to stay informed on the latest developments in the field. Visitors to the WISE website (www.wise-qatar.org) will discover the WISE ed.review and WISE ed.hub tools, dynamic platforms where audiences can read about the most innovative developments in global education, as well as directly discuss prevalent and emerging trends. WISE ed.review features especially chosen reports addressing the most relevant and pressing issues in education, offering leading