I take pride as the Founding Vice-Chancellor in introducing you to Shri Vishwakarma Skill University (SVSU) – India’s very first Skill University.
While India has some of the very best academic institutions in the world, the skilling has remained an unchartered territory for the last few decades. Our ancient civilisation had thrived on the skills of our ancestors, which bestowed global recognition on India. The universities of the bygone era like Takshila and Nalanda were the centres of vocational and skill education.
The Government of Haryana, understanding the emphasis of the Government of India towards skill and entrepreneurship development launched India’s first Skill University in 2016. The University is being set up at village Dudhola in district Palwal.
SVSU will focus on meeting the skill demands of the State in the current and emerging areas of various sectors such as manufacturing, automobile, IT, healthcare, construction, banking & finance, hospitality, agriculture, etc. Experiential learning will be enabled through flexible entry & exit avenues, credit accumulation & transferability and blended learning methodologies of simulation & gamification. Focus on ‘Entrepreneurship and Skills of Tomorrow’ will also form an important prerogative of the University. The University aims to address the complete value chain of skill education with multi-pronged approach of:
- Feeder Schools at Secondary Education level,
- Finishing Schools for Graduating and Post Graduating students,
- Industry aligned work study program promoting ‘earn-while-learn’ model,
- Incubation Centres for ‘Entrepreneurship and Skills of Tomorrow, and
- Continuous Learning Programmes.
To facilitate this approach, SVSU is forging partnership with the industries, State and Central departments. This feat can only be achieved with active participation and integration of all the stakeholders. In this direction the University has researched and released its Vision Document and signed more than 35 MOUs with the corporate, institutions and industries to start the Certificate, Diploma, Graduate and Post Graduate programmes based on Industry Integrated Dual Education Model (IIDEM), where apprenticeship/ On-the-job Training (OJT) is integrated with vocational education and the students get an opportunity of earning stipend during their OJT.
Let us all join hands to enable and empower the vision of Skill Haryana, Skill India and make Shri Vishwakarma Skill University one of the premier Skill Institutions of the world.
I welcome the students to SVSU and wish them enriching skills learning experience.