Punjabi University, Patiala Ventures into Vocational Degrees to Empower Students

by Manjari Singh

In a bold stride towards empowering its student community and staying competitive in the educational landscape, Punjabi University, Patiala, is embarking on a journey to introduce 17 vocational degree courses across its campus and 64 affiliated government colleges. This groundbreaking initiative, announced by the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor and Principal Secretary Higher Education, Kamal Kishor Yadav, during the university’s 63rd foundation day function, marks a significant leap towards equipping students with skills tailored for the modern job market.

Yadav, at the helm of this visionary move, emphasized that the essence of these degree programs lies in their design to bolster entrepreneurial acumen and furnish students with the tools needed to navigate and succeed in today’s dynamic employment landscape. With an eye firmly fixed on nurturing job-ready graduates, the university aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry, ensuring that students are not only equipped with theoretical knowledge but also practical skills essential for professional success.

Following the foundation day festivities, the newly appointed VC convened a strategic meeting with university officials at the syndicate office to delineate a roadmap for ushering in a new era of academic excellence and administrative efficiency. Key agenda items included the overhaul of the examination branch to streamline processes and implement a robust timeline management system aimed at enhancing student experience and expediting administrative tasks.

Delving deeper into the intricacies of administrative reform, discussions also centered around revamping the re-evaluation and re-appear system to imbue it with greater promptness and transparency, thereby fostering a conducive environment for academic growth and accountability.

Addressing the financial aspect of the university’s operations, Yadav underscored the importance of judicious financial management, highlighting the timely release of grants by the government as instrumental in sustaining the institution’s fiscal health. Drawing attention to unutilized grants under the Rashtriya Uchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), Yadav expressed a commitment to leveraging these resources to bolster the university’s infrastructure and academic initiatives.

In a move reflective of his proactive leadership style, the new VC wasted no time in initiating a comprehensive review of files and orders issued by his predecessor, Prof. Arvind. Temporarily halting the implementation of orders issued between March 16 and April 25, Yadav’s meticulous scrutiny aims to ensure alignment with the university’s strategic vision and operational imperatives, particularly in matters concerning transfers and appointments.

As Punjabi University, Patiala, charts a course towards academic innovation and administrative efficiency under the stewardship of Kamal Kishor Yadav, the stage is set for a transformative journey that promises to empower students, fortify institutional capabilities, and reaffirm the university’s position as a beacon of excellence in higher education.

Manjari Singh

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