Pune: It is indeed a good news for students who are interested in vocational courses. Now, they can go for a full-fledge vocational degree courses like digital art and animation, software development and others.
The reason being five city colleges, including the University of Pune department who will be offering these courses, have received a grant of Rs 1.85 crore from University Grant Commission (UGC) under National Skill Qualification Framework, to increase employability of graduates and make them industry ready. Out of these eight colleges, five are from the city.
UoP Vice Chancellor Dr Wasudev Gade said, “There are 28 institutes in the state, who have received UGC grants to start the vocational courses and out of that eight colleges including University of Pune, have been given approval to start the courses.”
“At the University department, we will offer degree courses in renewable energy and jewellery design and gemology from the ensuing academic year,” said Dr V B Gaikwad, the director of Board of Colleges and University Development (BCUD).
Principal of the Fergusson College Dr Ravindrasinh Pardeshi said that they will be offering degree courses in Media & Communication and Digital Art and Animation. “Since there is great demand for digital art and animation in every industry, we have received an approval from the UGC to start the degree courses in this domain,” he said.
He said that earlier animation was one of the subjects, however, students will get an opportunity to pursue a degree course in animation and digital art.
Dr M G Chaskar, principal of the Baburaoji Gholap College and joint director of PDEA, said that it is an achievement for them as their all three colleges have received approval from the UGC to start the courses. “At Gholap College, we will be starting Software Development and Fashion Technology and More College will have Food Science Technology,” he said.
He added that Waghere College, which come under the PDEA too, have received the nod as the Saswad-based college will offer Tourism and Hospitality Management and Retail Management.
Apart from the city colleges, Baramati-based T P College will be offering courses like Food Processing and Post harvest Technology.