Chennai, Jan 19 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today announced setting of Soft Skill Centres in 30 colleges coming under five Universities in the state at a cost of Rs 1.35 crore.
An official release here said in this era of computer world, there was an imperative need to upgrade the soft skills of boys and girls to meet the emerging job requirements in the field of IT and Human Resources Development. In a bid to provide training to boys and girls in the 60 basic soft skills identified by the World Employment Index, the Chief Minister announced setting up of soft skill Centres in 30 colleges in the first phase across the State.
The release said in a bid to provide linkage to the Universities and the society, the Chief Minister also announced creation of Incubation and Technology Transfer Centres in nine Universities in the State coming under the Higher Education Department. "Each incubation and technology transfer centre will be set up at a cost of Rs 29.88 lakh," the release said, adding, these centres would come up in Madras University, Alagappa University, Tiruvalluvar University, Periyar University, Annai Teresa Women's University, Bharathiyar University, Bharatidasan University, Madurai Kamaraj University and Manonmaniam Sundaranar University.
The release said these Centres would develop the entrepreneurship and technology skills, especially the Information Technology skills among the students. These centres would also encourage the students to manufacture commercial items using innovative skills, which in turn would provide jobs to several students in the future, besides making them good entrepreneurs. The Centres would also encourage research activities for the benefit of researchers, students and society, besides forming college-rural technology associations.
"These measures taken by the government will help in identifying the creative skills of the students and encourage them in inculcating the spirit of social commitment among them," the release said.