Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday announced the setting up of Soft Skill Centres in 30 colleges under five universities at an expenditure of Rs 1.35 crore. Training would be provided to students in 60 different skill sets.
To cope with the new employment opportunities arising in the field of Information Technology and Human Resources Development, the State government decided to provide training to students in soft skills. In the first phase, these centres would come up in 30 colleges, an official release here said. The colleges where the centres would come up include Madras Presidency College.
Besides, the Chief Minister ordered that Incubation and Technology Transfer Centres would be set up in nine universities - Madras University, Alagappa University, Tiruvallur University, Periyar University, Annai Teresa Women’s University, Bharathiyar University, Bharatidasan University, Madurai Kamaraj University and Manonmaniam Sundaranar University. Each centre would be established at a cost of `29.88 lakh. This initiative was taken with an objective to provide linkage between the universities and society.
These centres would develop entrepreneurship and technology skills, especially IT skills, among the students. They would also encourage students to produce goods on commercial basis using innovative techniques.