West Bengal Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay on Saturday asked educational institutions to organize their curricula to help young people of the state find a job. Speaking at an event at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Chattopadhyay said that passing secondary, higher secondary, bachelor’s or master’s degrees may not be enough in the present day.
“Out of 10 people who come to my office every day, on average, five say they are looking for a job. I advise that counseling will equip them to quickly land specific new-age jobs, which are more available. So instead of just studying in conventional courses, prepare yourself to develop skills for the new demands of the job market,” he said. Chattopadhyay, the agriculture minister, said institutions such as state-owned company Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya have been asked to encourage self-employment and design their curriculum accordingly.
State Transport Minister Firhad Hakim said various career opportunities are emerging in West Bengal, in stark contrast to the situation in many other parts of the country. He said the Education Department has introduced counseling options for students after completing Class XII. “It would be better if that could start from grade 9.” Minister Humayun Kabir, the minister of technical education, training and skills development, said his department has developed the Karmadisha app for career guidance of students. “More than 80,000 students have taken advantage of tutoring facilities through this app,” he said.
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