The government is increasingly focussing on skilling India’s youth. How crucial do you think is it for institutes to align themselves to this new focus?
Appropriate skill sets are a fundamental aspect of employability. Hence, the government’s focus on skills has to be lauded and supported. Last year, we introduced a three-year Bachelor of Vocation al Studies (BVoc) course funded by the University Grants Commission and monitored by the University of Mumbai and the Sector Skill Councils. The skill-oriented course offers specialisations in two spheres -travel and tourism and software development. Students who do not wish to complete the three-year courses have the option of moving out with a diploma after completing the first year and with an advanced diploma after the second year. Apart from this, we try to give students from across departments a touch of reality. For instance, the microbiology department conducts water testing in slum areas.
Any plan on introducing a research component at the institute?
Students from India tend to go into an academic shock when they go abroad for higher studies due to their lack of exposure to hard-core research. As most Indian examination patterns are based on rote-learning, enquiry-based and experiential learning is ignored. To address this concern, we are planning to introduce a paper on research methodology at the first-year level across disciplines.
Universities in Delhi have decided to wait for the actual scores of students from schools following the IB and other international curricula. Do you face any issue using predictive scores of students from international boards?
We do face a problem as far as the predictive scores of the IB institutes are concerned. We have come across cases where the predicted scores are much higher than the real scores. The government should come up with a strategy to counter such discrepancies.