New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil today
asked educational institutions to reorient their teaching
methods towards skill-based education so that the graduates
they produce become more employable.
"There is some mismatch between the skills that our
graduates possess and talents that are needed in the country,
leading to a low employability…This needs to be corrected,"
she said while addressing the golden jubilee celebrations of
Delhi`s Sri Venkateswara College.
Educational institutions, she said, needed to upgrade
training methods and curriculum keeping in mind the massive
requirement in the country for a skilled workforce like IT,
tourism, media, infrastructure and health care.
She called for a broad-based approach to education which
incorporates the teaching of humanities, basic sciences,
commerce, languages and medicine.
India is a "young nation" but it would be able to reap
this demographic dividend only if the younger generation has
the education and skills to meet the economic and intellectual
requirements, she said.
Academic institutions would need to seek the suggestions
of the industry and business to frame a syllabus which is
"contemporary and relevant".
This was part of their duty to prepare students who
had the confidence to face future, Patil said.
The President felicitated former principals and
toppers of the college which is managed by the Tirumala
Tirupati Devasthanam. She was in turn presented with an
`angavastaram` and `prasadam` from the famed Balaji Temple in
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah who was to
preside over the function could not make it "due to