ADDITIONAL SKILL ACQUISITION PROGRAMME (ASAP)
As we all know India is in a formidable position in the 21st century’s financial landscape. By the year 2020, the country is poised to become a major human resource hub of the World even ahead of many developed nations of the present. A huge responsibility rests with the State Governments towards making the country ready and a great deal of this depends upon concerted efforts in raising the quality and standards of the human resources. Kerala State, by realizing this responsibility, has embarked upon an ambitious project to equip its young population with skills in cutting edge sectors in order to effectively alleviate the unemployment problem in the state. General and Higher Education Departments together is implementing the Additional Skill Acquisition Programme to amplify working hands in different sectors of the economy, by providing additional skill sets to students along with their regular courses. ASAP 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. Today ASAP is progressing by extending training to over 30000 students from 959 institutions in 20 different skill sectors through 91 courses by 43 Training Service Providers through 104 Skill Development Centres in the State. Joining hands with the State, BPC College introduced ASAP in 2013 with batch strength of 30 students. Students are selected for ASAP annually from the freshers through personnel interview with the applicants. Summer skill programmes and 21 days residential training for SDE selection are also conducted for the final year students.