Changing times call for education reforms, and India is actively adhering to this! With a surge in the use of smart devices, online classes and rapid technological transformation, the current job market expects job seekers to possess specific and new-age skills. Due to this, there is a rising demand for job-oriented and skill-based courses amongst Indian students.
The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has introduced new courses on Film review, and Smartphone film making. The Film review course is set to engage students in the art of reviewing a film and also making intelligent critiques. The Film review course titled ‘Alochana’ is said to cover an entire spectrum of the history and evolution of cinema, The course contents will also include the interface of cinema with science and technology. “In our most recent course that ended this week, 40 participants joined, 30 of whom made films according to the training from the resource persons in the course,” Bhupendra Kainthola, the FTII director, said. The course is open to foreign nationals as well.
According to a report by Live Mint, Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Tuesday world’s Online B.Sc. Degree in Programming and Data Science. The programme has been prepared by the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras (IIT-M) and is available to any student from any discipline.
The course is open to anyone who has passed class XII, with English and maths in class X and enrolled in any on-campus UG course. Graduates and working professionals can also apply and take up the programme. Many big giants are looking to hire data scientists, and it is said to be one of the most valuable skills. Data science as a field is precedented to create millions of job opportunities and boost the Indian economy.
In addition to these developments, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has partnered with Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook to introduce a new training curriculum for teachers and students on “digital safety and online well-being” and “Augmented Reality (AR)”. The application for this has begun on July 6 and the last date to apply is July 20. The nomination of students and teachers will be done by their educational institutions. On successful completion of the course, an e-certificate will be provided to the candidates.
Also, as the COVID-19 pandemic has vastly impacted the educational sector by shifting the mode of classes to online, many universities and educational boards are striving to introduce productive and relevant course modules. CBSE had earlier launched a ‘Cyber Security Handbook’ for students of Class 9 to 12. Such courses and knowledge banks should be initiated owing to the menace of cybercrimes in the digital age. The recent Instagram havoc about the Bois locker room group has led to a strong need for digital literacy and cybersecurity, especially amongst the younger lot. One must realise that data is the new oil, in today’s scenario. The social media landscape is very permeable, and therefore along with purchasing the latest gadgets, one must know how to use it cautiously. The CBSE handbook discussed topics such as digital security, digital rights and responsibilities and digital law.