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NITT bags prestigious UK-India project

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National Institute of Technology, Tiruchi (NITT) has bagged a prestigious UK-India project envisaging skill training of youths in various vocational areas across States.

The UKIERI-MSDE Sponsored (UK -India) Project titled ‘Training of Trainers towards Capacity Building in Skills and Education (TOT-CBSE): A Sustainable approach and New Directions’ envisages establishment of a sustainable model for trainers training in skills and vocational education in the region, taking into account the national and global agenda; and to carry out a systematic review, assessment and analysis of the gaps existing between the demand and supply of skills in the areas of engineering and non-engineering fields across Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Pondicherry, West Bengal, Orissa, Assam and Kerala.

The project which is estimated around Rs. 1.1 crore has been approved by UKIERI Governance Board which has representation of senior officials from UK and Indian Governments. It is a Joint project of UK and India. The Project Leader for Indian side is R. Murugesan, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities, NITT, and the UK counterpart is Coleg Y Cymoedd, Wales, UK. The UK lead partner is John Phelps, Vice Principal of cited college. It is for the first time that Dept of Humanities of NITT has obtained such prestigious, high valued, and international project, Mini Shaji Thomas, Director, NITT, said.

The themes of the project constitute development of highly skilled teachers/trainers on pedagogical methods; capacity building of the trainers; engagement with industry and employers, a press release issued by NITT said.

The industry partner organization from India is M/s. Smile Skills India (P) Ltd. The industry and academic partner organisations of UK are M/s. SEMTA and City and Islington College UK. One of the intended outcomes from the project is enhanced motivation and skills amongst UK and Indian Professionals through UK and Indian Industry- education partnership.


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