Visakhapatnam: A degree in a non-technical course may need four years and B.Tech students may have to go through five-year courses instead of the current four-year tenure from next academic year in Andhra Pradesh.

Stressing the need for making courses job-oriented and students employable, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy said all the courses would come up with one-year mandatory apprenticeship so that students get jobs after stepping out of colleges.

“The education department is working hard to upgrade the curriculum. Instead of plain B.Com certificate, one would get it with honours. The engineering courses may take five years and the basic graduation courses for four years. However, we want the students to be employable at last,” he said at the annual alumni meet of the University of Andhra in Vizag on Friday here.

The new system will mandate students, not just from B.Tech courses but also non-technical courses, to undergo a year-long apprenticeship when they are still on the campus.

The CM also expressed concern over the poor Gross Enrollment Ratio of India among the BRICS country. India has the lowest GER with 23% and it shows 77% of the students drop out after intermediate.

Rs 12000 crore to transform 45,000 government schools

“We have around 45,000 government schools and those are going to be upgraded with the nine basic infrastructure under Nadu-Nedu programme. In the first phase, Rs 3600 crore would be allocated and total expenditure may go upto Rs 12000 crore for all schools,” the CM said.

Giving the example of Education Minister A Suresh, the CM said the former became a civil servant despite being a Dalit and facing financial difficulties. “That is the reason we have entrusted him with the post of education minister because of his passion.” He added, “One light will enlighten a room, but the light of education will enlighten a whole family. The property we can pass to the next generation is education. The situation will change.”

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