DELHI:EROS TIMES: In a series of initiatives taken by the Delhi Government over the last four years to transform the school education system in the capital, the latest one is its plan to introduce “Entrepreneurship Curriculum”.
Explaining the rationale behind this Curriculum at the 1st Convocation of Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University, the Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said, “We need to instill confidence among our children in school right from the beginning of secondary education that after completing their education, they should aspire to be job givers and not job seekers”.
He further explained that after at least 15 years of formal education, if large numbers of the youth are not confident of creating something innovative which can give them gainful return and add value to the economy then as a society we are failing to nurture their full potential.
Sisodia further elaborated his point by stating that, barring few exceptions, once the child completes elementary schooling and joins the secondary class, his entire orientation, which is largely shaped by the teachers and parents, is to secure good marks in exams, get admission in a good college and get a job with decent pay package after completing education.
This is considered a trajectory of success and anyone who either secures less marks or fails to join college or fails to secure a job is deemed as “unsuccessful”.
This trajectory is obsolete in today’s day and age when new ideas and technologies are driving our way of life.
If our schools and colleges continue to churn out batches of students who are going to join the queue with the mindset of job seekers we will soon be left with very small number of job givers.
To break this unsustainable and monotonous approach and propel its students to pursue excellence and innovation, Delhi Government has decided to introduce “Entrepreneurship Curriculum” in the schools from 2019-20 on wards.
This curriculum will be for the students of classes 9 to 12 with the vision that every child should have the confidence of being “creator rather than just being a consumer”.
The curriculum shall be based on a four-fold framework:
· Inspire- through stories and case studies of entrepreneurial journeys
· Educate- through self designed micro research
· Involve- through local community
· Facilitate- by supporting in developing ideas into projects.
Through this curriculum the effort would be to raise the aspiration and build the mindset for problem solving and decision making among children.
Emphasis would be on Personality Development, Communication, planning, etc.
To take this idea forward, the Minister has directed the Secretary Education to set up a high powered working group having senior faculties from SCERT/DIET, School Principals and individuals having domain expertise as members.
SCERT Delhi will organize a conference in January 2019 where it will invite organizations and individuals to present their ideas for the design of Entrepreneurship curriculum as per the framework of the Government to the working Group. Based on the inputs received, the pilot curriculum shall be rolled out from April 2019 on wards.
Sisodia exhorted the graduating students to pursue integrity, professional competence and commitment for a successful carrier while addressing the students and faculty members on the occasion of 1st convocation ceremony of Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women in its University Campus at Kashmere Gate. Lt. Governor, Delhi, Anil Baijal, Padam Vibushan Awardee, E. Shreedharan, Vice Chancellor of the University, Dr. Amita Dev and Secretary, Higher Education & TTE, Govt. of Delhi, Devendra Singh Nijjhar also graced the occasion.
Total 1161 students including around 504 undergraduates, 656 post graduates, and 1 doctorate were awarded degrees in the convocation. Graduates from batch 2015 to batch 2018 were present in the convocation.
108 students of batch 2015,195 students of batch 2016,424 students of batch 2017 and 434 students from batch 2018 of all undergraduate, post graduate and doctorate programmes were awarded their degrees in the first convocation.
Thirty Eight (38) Chancellor Gold Medal, Vice-Chancellor Gold Medal and Exemplary Performance Silver Plaque were given to students across the years on this glorious occasion.
Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women (IGDTUW) was established in May 2013 vide Delhi State Legislature Act 9, 2012. It was founded as the Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology in 1998 and was the only constituent college of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.
In May 2013, it gained autonomy and became the first women’s technical University in India established by Govt. of Delhi.