Additional Skill Acquisition Programme
A Joint Initiative General and Higher Education Departments Govt. of Kerala
Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) , a joint initiative of General and Higher Education Departments, was launched with an objective to impart quality skill education to the higher secondary / undergraduate students alongside their regular curriculum. ASAP’s inclusive skilling approach has paved way to innovative initiatives in the skilling arena. Funded by ADB, ASAP has now spread out its contour to 1210 educational institutions across the state. The very philosophy of ASAP as a skill development agency is to accentuate the employability of the youth. ASAP gives special edge to those students who are in need of immediate employment. For the needy, ASAP lays out a way to fend a living by ideally placing them in an organisation.
Train and develop a highly competent pool of expert personnel and skill trainers.
Design and develop NSQF aligned skill courses.
Standardize the Assessment and Certification protocols for skill training programmes.
Offer consultancy services for skill training and course development.
Establish a highly potential Quality Assurance mechanism for skill training.
ASAP offers varied skill sets to the first year higher secondary/ vocational higher secondary/ undergraduate students through its foundation module and skill training program. Regular mode of training delivers soft skill and industrial skill training to the students. Students for this mode are admitted through a selection process. A maximum of 35 students can be enrolled from each institution. Allotment of skill course is strictly based on the aptitude test.
ASAP trainees shall undergo a mandatory soft skill training programme of 180 hours. The module includes 100 hrs of Communication module and basic IT module of 80 hours. Foundation module help students improve their presentation skills, rise their confidence level, groom them to be a better individual by inculcating moral values etc. Students can attend foundation course training at their own institutions before or after their regular class timing as fixed by the institution.
Advanced skill modules of about 120-250 hours supplement the Foundation Module and upgrade cutting-edge practical knowledge and skill in the students, in an area of specialisation of their choice. Skill training is delivered by ASAP in tie-up with industry experts and trainers after undergoing skill training, thereby offering quality delivery of the Skill modules, with the added benefit of internship at the concerned industries offering an opportunity for hands-on experience.
Our college has been recognised as a training partner institution for ASAP in the year 2014
During the period 2013- 2019 more than 1000 students were benefited as part of this program. At present two batches – 2018-19 batch and 2019-20 batch are going on successfully. The trainer (called Skill Development Executives) appointed by the ASAP is handling classes on the foundation module. The course is implemented in a way that students from all categories, except APL- General category get fee subsidies from the Government of Kerala. In fact, students are getting an opportunity to acquire an additional course free of cost.
Dr. Hasikh C.
Asst. Prof. in Arabic