(Additional Skill Acquisition Programme)
The Kerala State, by realizing importance of raising the quality and standards of the human resources, has embarked upon an ambitious project named State Skill Development Project. The aim of this project is to equip its young population with skills in cutting edge sectors. This in turn will help to effectively alleviate the unemployment problem in the state. The General and Higher Education Departments together will implement the Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP). Together both departments aim to amplify working hands in different sectors of the economy, by providing additional skill sets to students along with their regular courses.
The students studying at Government Higher Secondary Schools, Government Aided Higher Secondary Schools and the Arts and Science Undergraduate Colleges, will be equipped with sector specific skills to make them employable. ASAP envisages development of skill programmes in three levels from certificate programmes to dual degree programmes. The programmes shall also be dovetailed to National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework (NVEQF). The starting point will be at level three or four of NVEQF.
The ASAP level 1 programme, which commenced during November 2012, is a combination of three courses, namely, Communication Skills in English, Basic IT and an Elective Domain Specific Skill Course. The Programmes are developed, delivered, assessed and certified with the active participation of the related industries to ensure labour market acceptance of the programmes. By imparting Communication Skills in English and Basic IT courses to a large student community, the project envisages to create a large talent pool that can work in modern day organizations that promote a global work environment. By choice student groups receive sector specific skills that further enable them to be employable and industry ready.
Palakkad district unit of ASAP with 10 Skill Development Centers, 91 institutions offered 24 skill courses from various sectors. SDC GHSS ottapalam East started to function from 2014-15 academic year. During the academic year 2016-17 seven institutions including one VHSE attached with SDC ghss ottapalam East. 183 and 158 students enrolled in to the FM and skill batches respectively. Six skill courses allotted to SDC Ghss ottapalam.
Regular Skill Courses 2016-17
Schools Attached to SDC GHSS Ottapalam East