UGC writes letters to chambers of commerce to join academia, helps students gain skills to meet industry Edexlive

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As part of its new initiative under the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 to bring industrial and professional expertise to academic institutions through a new post called ‘Professor of Practice’, the Commission University Grants (UGC) on Friday, September 30, pushed Chambers of Commerce to reach out to academia to help students build skills to meet industry demands.

In separate letters addressed to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), NASCOM, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and ASSOCHAM, the UGC Secretary, the Professor Rajnish Jain, said the NEP 2020 recommends transformative reforms in the higher education sector.

“The central idea of ​​the policy is the promotion of holistic and multidisciplinary education. The integration of academic scholarship with practical experience is an important step in the context of holistic and multidisciplinary education,” says the letter.

The letter stated that the UGC had taken a new initiative to hire the “Professor of Practice” in Higher Education Institutions (HEls). He said that “engaging leading industry experts will help students gain the skills and expertise needed to meet industry demands.”

“We look forward to your active involvement and cooperation in publicizing the program widely so that leading industry experts can take advantage of opportunities to join academia,” he added.

In a separate letter addressed to the vice-chancellors of the universities, the establishments and directors of all the colleges were also asked to take the necessary steps to hire a “professor of practice” in accordance with the requirements and following the guidelines. The position was created to help bring real-world practices and experiences into the classroom and increase faculty resources at higher education institutions.

In turn, industry and society will benefit from trained graduates with relevant skills.

The aim was also to develop courses and programs to meet the needs of industry and society and enable HEIs to work with industry experts on joint research projects and consultancy services that will be mutually beneficial.

The idea was also to bring distinguished experts from various fields, including engineering, science, technology, entrepreneurship and management, into academic institutions, and to enable HEIs to formally associate with eminent personalities and encourage them to participate in experiential learning. , research, training, skills, entrepreneurship and extension and play a mentoring role.

According to the guidelines, the number of practicing faculty in an HEI, at any time, should not exceed 10% of the sanctioned positions in an HEI. The position could be part-time or full-time and would be decided between the expert and the institution. The term should not exceed three years, a maximum of four.

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