The state government has given its nod for the initiation of five new value-added courses in 35 government colleges across the state for the new academic session. The decision has been taken in view of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council’s (NAAC) accreditation process, which gives 30 additional points to colleges offering value-added courses.
The state government has taken a slew of measures since last year for the improvement of NAAC grades of state colleges. All three government colleges in the city — Dronacharya Government College, Government College in Sector 9, and Government Girls College in Sector 14— will be starting a set of five new courses each this year. Each college will have its own set of courses. Some of the subjects in which these colleges will be offering certification will include digital marketing, gender studies, cyber security, marketing and advertising, business communications and green chemistry, among others
In a written directive shared with principals of all colleges on Friday, the department said that it had granted permission for the initiation of five value-added courses in each college across the state. Each course would be for a duration of 30 hours and need to be implemented by college teachers. The department also said that final year students will be enrolled for these new courses in the first phase.
Pooja Khullar, principal of the Dronacharya Government College, said that these courses were being started to upgrade the existing skill sets of the students in diverse concentrations and help them improve their placement prospects. “These courses will give an upper edge to the students during the placements. It will immensely benefit them since the courses are chosen from a diverse pool,” said Khullar. She said that teachers from the college will be trained online from experts from Ashoka University and GD Goenka University before the courses are started in the new academic session.
Satyamanyu Yadav, principal of Government College in Sector 9, said that the government had chosen a set of five courses for different colleges in the state that were supposed to undergo the NAAC accreditation process. “NAAC offers 30 points to colleges that offer value-added courses. With colleges slated to undergo NAAC review, this will be an additional gain for us. All the three colleges in Gurugram will be offering a different set of courses. There will be no overlap in the courses in different colleges. We plan to start with 50 students for each course,” said Yadav.