Dharmendra Pradhan allows introducing new skill development programmes at Jamia: VC

JMI Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar said that education minister Dharmendra Pradhan has agreed to introduce new skill development courses at the university.

Dharmendra Pradhan allows introducing new skill development programmes at Jamia: VC Dharmendra Pradhan with JMI VC (Source: JMI Official Website)
Press Trust of India | Aug 16, 2021 - 10:31 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar recently met Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan who consented to introducing new skill development and entrepreneurship training programmes at the university, according to a statement. It was Akhtar's first interaction with the newly appointed minister over matters related to the university.

According to Akhtar, the minister was well aware of the activities and achievements of JMI in the recent past and said "several encouraging words about the university's contribution towards teaching and research". "He particularly appreciated that JMI improved its position in NIRF (National Institutional Ranking Framework) and other national and international rankings. He also praised that a JMI faculty has been selected for Visitor's Award for Research and seven out of eight Prime Minister Research Fellowship (PMRF) awardees from the university are girls, which speaks of the significant role the university is playing in empowering girl students," she said in the statement.

The VC said that on her request Pradhan, who is also the Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, agreed to consider JMI as a hub of skill development and entrepreneurship training programmes. "These skill development programmes will be designed in consultation with the prospective employers and according to the needs of the market. Learning of foreign language would also be the part of the curriculum to improve the employability prospects of the students in India and abroad," she added.

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