The Gujarat Technological University (GTU) is holding a five-week programme to improve English language and basic communication skills of students having passed Std X and XII science examinations and plan to join polytechnic and degree engineering courses.
During the programme,being held in collaboration with the Gujarat Knowledge Society (GKS),the students would also be taught basic knowledge of computers.
A decision to this effect was taken by GTU after nearly 80 per cent students were reported to have failed in one or more subjects in first semester exams of diploma and degree courses,results of which were declared a few weeks ago.
After having discussions with the teaching faculty and principals of various colleges,GTU authorities found that the high failure rate in first and second semesters was due to sudden shift in medium of instruction from Gujarati in schools to English in technical institutes.
Many of them,according to GTU authorities,were not even able to understand what was being taught by the teacher in the classrooms because of their inability to understand the spoken English.
A teacher at Vishwakarma Government Engineering College at Chandkheda said that many times they had to switch over to Gujarati when they felt the students were not able to understand the subject he taught in English.
But,he added,it was not only difficult but practically impossible to teach the highly technical subjects in a local language.
GTU vice-chancellor Akshai Aggarwal told The Indian Express that while GTU would be providing infrastructure like classrooms for the programme,GKS would be arranging experts and teachers.
The programme will begin on June 4.
Initially,it will be held in Ahmedabad,Vadodara,Surat and Rajkot,and every student will be charged Rs 2,100 for the course. If successful,it may be replicated elsewhere.
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