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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 1:15 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 1:15 AM (IST)

Skill-based courses a hit among rural youths

Programmes offering employment opportunities in demand
Strap: Programmes with better employment opportunity in great demand

Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 13

Rural youths be it boys or girls prefer courses which offer better “employment prospect” than traditional basic graduation.

Youngsters nowadays in rural areas are well aware about changing trends and approach institutes to enquire about employment-based courses being offered. Moreover, professional and skill-based courses have become a “status symbol” as it acts as a shortcut to success.

If institutes in rural areas were to be believed then the major concern for parents of youngsters is “whether their ward can get a job after doing a particular course?”

Sukhmani, a Class XI student says that none wants to do graduation now. “A graduate can not fit-in at any good place. One needs to go for higher studies if job is one’s priority. Skill based courses can provide you with a respectable job,” said Sukhmani, a resident of Mandiani village.

Speaking over changing mid-set of rural youths, Sanjay Dhand, chairman of Victoria Girls College at Dehlez village said, “Despite fee being much more for than professional courses, youngsters opt for these courses.”

Dr Prateek Kalia, professor and head Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology said, “Youngsters in particular rural areas join courses which offer them better job opportunities.”

Dr Kalia said, “Basic graduation is passé as it leads a student to nowhere in this competitive world. Add-on and skill based courses are more in demand. Even parents are worried about the career of their children and take things seriously.”

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