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Karnataka Colleges Introduce Programme to Boost Job Prospects

Karnataka Colleges Introduce Apprenticeship Embedded Degree Programme (aedp) To Boost Job Prospects

In a move to enhance job opportunities for undergraduate students and prioritize outcome-based learning, 42 colleges across Karnataka are gearing up to launch an apprenticeship embedded degree programme (AEDP). Recently approved by the state government, the programme is slated to begin in the academic year 2024-25, with each participating college accommodating 40 to 60 students.

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Under the jurisdiction of the Department of Collegiate Education, Mangaluru division, which encompasses three revenue districts, two colleges—Dr P Dayananda Pai-P Satisha Pai Government First Grade College, Car Street, and Government First Grade College in Karkala—have been selected for the programme. Deviprasad, the special officer at DCE, Mangaluru, and coordinator of the programme at the Car Street college, confirmed that admissions have commenced and interested candidates can enroll. The Car Street College will offer a BCom programme in banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI), while the Karkala college will provide a BCom course in logistics, with intake capacities of 60 and 40 students, respectively.

These new undergraduate programmes aim to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical skills, ensuring students are well-prepared for the job market. By integrating apprenticeship opportunities within the degree curriculum, the programme aims to provide hands-on experience and industry exposure to enhance employability. The course will include compulsory apprenticeships in government-approved institutions, offering candidates practical learning and a stipend of up to Rs 10,000 per month. At the programme’s conclusion, graduates will enter the workforce with valuable work experience. Detailed guidelines for the programme will be issued soon.

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