Orientation of freshers at IMS Skill training in higher education stressed

Bhubaneswar: Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development for any country. At present, the country faces a demand – supply mismatch, as the economy needs more ‘skilled’ workforce and also the managers and entrepreneurs than created annually, said experts during a seminar here on Monday.
Inaugurating the seminar on ‘Integrating Skill Development in Higher Education’ on the occasion of Orientation of Freshers at Institute of Media Studies (IMS) here, senior journalist Sandeep Sahu said in the higher education sphere, knowledge and skills are required for a diversity of employment needs in the services, education, health care and even in media sector. Apart from language and communication skills, the students must acquire technological know-how to meet the industry needs, he added.
Programme manager of Foundation for Ecological Security Sonali Mohapatra said India has a demographic advantage of the largest youth population in the world. Integrating skills within the higher education holds the key to reaping the demographic dividend and developing social disadvantage. Both education and skill development can break the social barriers of caste-based professions and such an eco-system should be developed in colleges and universities, she added.
While senior journalist and Digital Head of Prameya News7 Sisir Bhattamishra stressed on industry specific training in academics and make students employable, managing director of Odisha Capital Market and Enterprises highlighted on the needs of positive attitude, skill and knowledge (ASK) in professional fields.
Among others, director of IMS Prof. Upendra Padhi, course coordinators of various departments Dr Gayatri Patnaik, Manoranjan Panda, Sitendra Baliarsingh, faculties Raghunath Mandal, Debasis Nayak, Sitakanta Pratapsingh and Suchismita Mishra were present.

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