“Students of SSOU are the employers of tomorrow and they will give jobs to graduates from other conventional universities. It is the skills that a student acquires during his education which are more important than a mere degree”, Shri Vinod Tawade, Higher and Technical Education Minister of State of Maharashtra expressed while addressing students of Symbiosis Skills & Open University at the induction program of its 3rd batch at the university campus in Kiwale, Pune. “SSOU infrastructure and its labs are very unique and unmatched. I am sure the new students will get the skills along with their degree when they graduate from this first skill university of the state. Hence I feel Symbiosis Skills University is the one that is satisfying the dream of Skill India envisioned by our Prime Minister.”
Shri Vinod Tawade was the Chief Guest at the ‘Symbi Initium’, Symbiosis Skills University’s induction program of its new batch today.
While interacting with the students & parents at SSOU, Vinodji took note of the suggestions & views of parents & students for inclusion in the education policy. He congratulated students as well as parents for choosing Symbiosis Skills University that is unique in its skill focus and programs. He also mentioned about how skill education is being embedded at all levels of education in the state now. “Skill based education always gives one security and satisfaction unlike conventional education. A dental mechanic works round the clock and ends up earning much more than a dentist. Similarly, a farrier who is an expert in fixing horse shoe is so much in demand that one has to wait for more than four months to get his appointment. And it’s only because of the skills they possess.”
Padma Bhushan Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, Chancellor of SSOU also graced the function. He blessed all the students and advised them to mind their health, time & studies well for succeeding in life.
Earlier, Dr. Swati Mujumdar, Pro-Chancellor of the university explained the university model and its differentiators with conventional universities. Symbiosis Skills and Open University is the first skill university of the state and imparts more than 70% of its teaching through hands on practical based pedagogy. It offers sector specific programs in high-growth industries like retail, logistics , Ports , data science, architecture, automobile, mechatronics, construction etc. University works closely with the industry through joint training programs as well as training to the staff members of its partners.
Vice Chancellor In-charge Dr. Charudatta Pathak extended the vote of thanks.