Come to have closer to the Ministry of Defence, Andhra University is setup to conduct 27 courses on skill development and training for defence personnel, particularly the retired personnel, from the coming academic year.
The courses will be taken up under the AU-Defense Joint Education Program. It’s completely based on a process of talking about skill development and training for defence personnel with the Directorate General of Resettlement, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence, the courses will be taken up directly below the AU-Defense Joint Education Program.
Vice-Chancellor G. Nageswara Rao expressed that the person who takes part in courses will be nominated from the tri-services of Army, Navy and Air Force and will be provide funds by the DG Resettlement.
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The idea is to give the authority the retired defence personnel with the skill sets to such a great extent that they can get employment post retirement from the services.
“The courses will be so designed that they can make it possible to do second career after serving the nation in the defence sector. And work is on to design the courses which will cover a different of subject from engineering, science to liberal arts and languages,” expressed vice Chancellor.
It is roughly calculated that nearly 5,000 service personnel will be benefited from these courses, every year.
“The State government has already conveyed a specified impression the idea asking the older universities to become self-reliant. In such a scenario, tying up with defence sector will not only profit gain the university in the area of funds and image building, but also empower the servicemen with the skill sets. We are planning to work out a model to earn at least Rs.10 crore from these courses in the coming years,” he expressed.
AU has already make known nearly 15 short term skill development courses for the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare such as Hull Maintenance, Fire Fighting and Disaster Management, Foreign Language in the last 1 year.
MoU with Navy, IAF
Apart from this AU has a MoU Indian Air Force and with the Indian Navy for providing 117 courses, including M.Tech and B.Tech programmes.
After Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa spend time in AU and expressed his wish to start a Centre for Defence Studies in collaboration with the MoD (Ministry of Defence), the funding nearly Rs. 50 crore has been cleared by the MoD and according to Prof. Nageswara Rao the center will focus on particular area such as Nano technology, cyber security, corrosion and electromagnetic devices.