To impart skills in several areas ranging from the traditional to the emerging,the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) will start community polytechnic or training institutes on its Tuljapur,Guwahati and Hyderabad campuses.
The idea is to develop large centres on various campuses of the institute that can eventually run like universities. In places like Germany,vocational training is imparted from school onwards. However,very little attempt has been made in this direction in our country. We cannot ignore the huge need for trained/skilled personnel in so many professions today. Well attempt to bridge the demand-supply gap, TISS director Prof S Parasuraman said.
He said the skill development centres would cater to a cross-section of the society,including women,uneducated youth and traditional artisans. We will particularly focus on people from the disadvantaged communities. A thorough assessment of the needs will be made while formulating the curriculum. The centres will commence this year. The institute,which turns 75 this year,has no plans to start a campus abroad,and instead wants to focus on areas where there is a need for quality institutions/centres and skilled personnel.
The TISS will also make its first foray into dual degree programmes this year in areas requiring highly trained personnel. These programmes will be super-specialty courses and candidates will undergo intensive training. The programmes are an attempt to address those areas where there is a dearth of skilled personnel in the country, Parasuraman said.
Accordingly,a one-year programme on mental health would be offered in the dual degree mode in association with the Catholic University of Leuven,Belgium from this year. Students who do their masters in social work and want to further specialise in mental health can apply. They will spend six months each at TISS and in Belgium in different locations.
A five-year integrated masters programme in social sciences will also be launched at the two new campuses Hyderabad and Guwahati. It is meant to attract bright young minds to social sciences and provide them with various specialisations across a number of inter-disciplinary areas. The idea is to produce a new breed of social scientists, Parasuraman added.