Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service
Shimla, January 5
The Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission (HPPERC) has approved innovative new era courses in defence, retail, logistics, life science, media, gaming and travel for private universities in the state.
The new approved courses include MA and M.Sc in defence and strategic studies, M. Tech defence technology, MBA tech (5 years), MBA pharma (5 years), B Tech in defence technology, cloud computing, cyber security, tunneling, environmental sustainability and innovation, post-graduate diploma in animation gaming and VFX, post graduate diploma in design thinking, cloud computing and Fintech.
A new certificate course in geriatric care assistant would be introduced by the Eternal University for girl students who would be required to undergo practical training at senior care homes or old age homes. Linguistic courses in Chinese, French, German and other foreign languages were also approved.
With an aim to reduce skill gap and restrict migration of Himachali students to other states, approval has been given to 13 new courses with intake of 400-500 students keeping in mind the futuristic jobs and employment avenues, said Chairman, HPPERC Maj Gen Atul Kaushik (Retd).
Mountaineering and adventure tourism have been linked with BBA to help students get employment and create self-employment avenues for themselves. Conditional approval has been given to Sri Sai University provided they sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the defence forces for mountaineering and skiing, he added.