Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and Sree Narayana Guru College of Commerce, Chembur are collaborating on National University Students’ Skill Development (NUSSD) Programme
NUSSD, a nationwide Skill Building initiative of TISS, aims at increasing the employability of University students by imparting knowledge and skills, through cutting edge teaching and learning methods as well as practical work experience through internships and community projects. This initiative of TISS attempts to address the challenge the country faces when it comes to employability of our graduates. India is the third largest higher education provider in the world after U.S. and China and with 700 Universities and more than 35,000 affiliated colleges; more than 20 million students are enrolled in to our Universities. However, the employability of India’s University graduates continues to remain weak even while there is an acute shortage of skilled manpower in an increasing number of high demand sectors. The youth is thus disillusioned about job opportunities post their studies.
In Maharashtra, the TISS has been implementing this programme in colleges affiliated to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad and Mumbai University. One of the colleges, largely serving students from the M-East ward slum area is Sree Narayana Guru College of Commerce, Chembur West, Mumbai. The M-East Ward of Chembur registers the lowest Human development Index (HDI) in the city and therefore, the college caters to students who not only come from an underprivileged background, but also are the first generation learners in their family.
This is a big step as it produced 150 breadwinners who will bring smiles to the faces of so many families in the locality and thereby, bringing about a social change in the city of Mumbai and Maharashtra. The function also witnesses the signing of an MoU between Sree Narayana Guru College of Commerce and TISS for a Collaborative B.Ed./ M.Ed. Programme. Sanjay Deshmukh, Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University says, "The initative taken up by TISS and Chembur college is a step ahead in generating jobs at an institutional level. It should be promoted in order to enhance employability in the minds of the students." The programme is financially supported by J P Morgan Chase Foundation.
(With inputs by Aishwarya R. Iyer)