India is a nation of too many students and one of the most disappointing issue here is the student-teacher ratio. As a consequence of this, the questions about quality of education constantly come up in India. In a response to this, in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, National Institute of Open Schools (NIOS) will train more than 5,000 undergraduate teachers in next two years to provide better educational facilities in schools across the state.
In India and especially in Jammu and Kashmir, there is no hard and fast rule to the kind of education youth should opt for so as to undertake a good job. The main reason behind why the help of technology-driven interventions is being taken is that they wish to turn-around the State’s academic scenario, which has become redundant over a period of time in such a way that it encourages young people to create their own job opportunities.
Education Minister Naeem Akhtar was of the view that the new initiatives are aimed at doing away with the academic stagnation in the State’s educational institutions so that these can churn-out productive assets instead of adding to the number of educated unemployed youth.
As per the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the education department with NIOS, 5,000 untrained undergraduate teachers from J&K will be given two-year diploma training in elementary education through distance mode. So as to transform the State’s schools into strategically and operationally effective resources and create a new job-intensive educational system in the State that J&K desperately needs, the education department has signed several MoUs with National Institute of Open Schools (NIOS), National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
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Further Education Minister added, “The job market that young people have learnt about and knew through their parents doesn’t exist anymore as there has been huge transformation of the same with winds of economic liberalization and globalization sweeping the world.” The main obstacle to youth employment is lack of preparedness for the unconventional economic environment they find themselves in once they finish their studies.
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