Developing Soft Skills in Students

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With the changing educational trends, versatility in educational courses, availability of masses of qualified personnel, the competition for job acquisition and job sustainability is becoming more and more tough. To get an edge over the competitors, students are left with no choice but to add values to their hard skills with soft skills to exhibit their true potential. Hard skills are academic skills, experience and level of expertise while soft skills are self-developed, interactive, communication, human and transferable skills. Literature suggests that hard skills contribute to only 15% of one’s success while remaining 85% is made by soft skills. Most employers these days want to hire, retain and promote persons who are dependable, resourceful, ethical, self directed, having effective communication, willing to work and learn and having positive attitude. With the onset of economic liberalization, the Indian market is also becoming global, so the attributes of soft skills are to be imbibed by Indian youth to show their real potential at intra and international levels. Understanding the importance of this newly raised important aspect, most of the educational institutions in India have initiated programmes, projects and activities for developing soft skills in their students. A study was undertaken in the most dynamic city of India, The Chandigarh, also recognized as Knowledge City, where almost all types of educational facilities and job opportunities are available. The study tries to understand the awareness, need and importance of soft skills in students, type of courses/projects/activities initiated by varied educational institutions at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, their relevance, teaching-learning process, their impact in developing soft skills and benefits to students. This paper presents the findings of the above study. The paper also puts forward some suggestions for making above initiatives more effective for developing students fully equipped with relevant soft skills.

Keywords: Hard Skills, Soft Skills
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Developing Soft Skills in Students

Dr. Meenu Wats

Lecturer, Department of Zoology, D.A.V. College
Chandigarh, Union Territory, India

DR.Meenu Wats is M.Sc. and Ph.D in Zoology. She has a working experience of more than 18 years of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate classes in college and XI and XII classes in schools.She has many research publications and articles to her credit. . She provides career and personal guiding and counselling to students. In addition teaching and research, she has lot of interest in extra- curricular activities like dance, dramas, music, debates etc. She has participated in national level cycling championships during her studies at University level. Her hobbies include singing, listening to music and reading books.

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Wats

Assistant Professor, Media CEntre and Continuing Education Centre, National Institute of Technical Teachers' Training and Research
Chandigarh, Union Territory, India

Dr. Rakesh K Wats after graduating in Civil Engineering and post graduation in Irrigation and Hydraulics (Civil Engineering) did his Doctorate in Business Management with the area of work as Total Quality Management. After working in industry for two years, he joined National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh in 1988. He has worked extensively in the areas of technical teachers’ training, curriculum development, instructional material development and continuing education and contributed significantly to polytechnic and engineering college education. His main areas of interest are construction management, educational management, quality management and continuing education and Media design and development. He has authored many research articles/papers in journals and conferences. At present he is working as Assistant Professor in Continuing Education and Media Centre of NITTTR,Chandigarh

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