‘Govt work­ing to en­hance english skills of col­lege stu­dents’

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Htrajasthan - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htraj@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Youth of the state pos­sess a lot of tal­ent but fall be­hind due to lack of English knowl­edge and to over­come the draw­back, the gov­ern­ment is work­ing on en­hanc­ing the learn­ing of English, said higher ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Ki­ran Ma­hesh­wari.

The min­is­ter was ad­dress­ing the Cam­pus Am­bas­sador Con­clave or­gan­ised un­der the Up­skill Pro­fi­ciency in English for Rajasthan (UPER) scheme on Tues­day, a re­lease from the depart­ment said. The con­clave was or­gan­ised to fe­lic­i­tate stu­dents from the state’s col­leges who have used the mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion Hello English re­mark­ably well.

The ap­pli­ca­tion, launched by chief min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje dur­ing the Fes­ti­val of Ed­u­ca­tion in Au­gust this year, is be­ing used by more than 20,000 col­lege stu­dents, the min­is­ter said. The feted stu­dents will serve as brand am­bas­sadors and pub­li­cise the ap­pli­ca­tion in col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties.

“Most of the stu­dents are from vil­lages. De­spite hav­ing tal­ent, they are un­able to present them­selves well. We are mak­ing them well-versed in English so that they do not lag be­hind in jobs,” the min­is­ter said.

Apart from the mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion, the depart­ment is also of­fer­ing English classes and the stu­dents were urged to avail the op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The higher ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment has also tied up with English Age, a Noida-based com­pany, work­ing in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor that will con­duct three­month cour­ses in 12 women’s col­leges and two poly­tech­nics.


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