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State to take British Council's aid to sharpen spoken English skills of polytechnic students

State to take British Councils aid to sharpen spoken English skills of polytechnic students

Kolkata: The state Technical Education department will soon sign an MoU with the British Council for brushing up the English speaking skills of the students studying in polytechnic colleges across the state. The move is aimed at making the students job ready soon after they pass out after completion of their courses.

"We have noticed that our students are sometimes unable to clear the interview smoothly because of their lack of English communication skills. We want to bridge this gap so that our students are job ready and are able to meet the demands of the industry by improving their speaking as well as writing skills," said Purnendu Basu, minister of Technical Education, Training and Skill Development.

The department has roped in British Council, which conducted an enquiry to assess the job readiness of their students, where lack of English communication emerged as a major hurdle.

Following this process, the British Council suggested that the department should arrange for some training to brush up spoken and written English skills.

"We proposed the Council to take up the responsibility and they have agreed. They are designing the course module while we are working to set up the necessary infrastructure. The formal MoU will be signed soon," Basu said.

At present there are 148 polytechnic colleges across the state, which include government as well as the private ones. The number of candidates appearing for the admission test hovers around 1 lakh, out of which 40,000 can take admission.

It may be mentioned that vocational training as per the demands of the industry has been a focus area for the department in the last few years. The Paschim Banga Society for Skill Development (PBSSD) has also been made to make skill development interventions in terms of the overall policy of the government.

There were only 65 polytechnic colleges in the state in 2011, which has now increased threefold in the eight years of the Trinamool Congress government.

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