The Punjab Government has decided to offer IELTS (International English Language Testing System) coaching through Government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in collaboration with Cambridge University Press India, a subsidiary of Cambridge University Press UK, which develops and develops educational curricula and instructional materials. publishes. ,
At a function held in Chandigarh to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the university, Technical Education Minister Rana Gurjit Singh said that around 6 lakh students from Punjab prepare for IELTS every year.
He said the MoU includes a teacher training program for trainers through an authorized examination center and the university will provide teaching modules as well as materials and teaching partners.
“Punjab is a pioneer state for migration with wide diaspora, known for its hard work and entrepreneurship. They have established themselves in many countries, where the number of people living, working or studying is increasing day by day. We want to find out how they can be better trained in English or other foreign languages before they leave so that they can easily get jobs and join the workforce after they arrive.”
He said that Punjab is the first state to sign MoU with Cambridge University Press India for providing IELTS coaching and training in Government ITIs and Polytechnics of Punjab to the youth of Punjab. “We have set up Foreign Studies and Placement Cell in Punjab to facilitate migration of youth abroad through a very robust system of District Employment and Enterprise Bureau (DBEE), he added.
He said that the MoU will provide an opportunity to around 40,000 young candidates to get IELTS coaching and training in Government Technical Institutes of Punjab through well trained and certified trainers.
Cambridge University will conduct IELTS exam for all English teachers in Government ITIs and Polytechnics and those who get eight bands in IELTS exam will be enrolled for IELTS coaching. This will save the youth from being duped by private IELTS trainers who charge hefty sums of money. Their trainers are not qualified and experts, the minister said.
He said that the department has also decided to draft a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for all private IELTS Centers for setting up, accreditation and management of English Language Training Centres. Emphasizing on the need to prepare SOPs to regulate Ghost Immigration Consultants in Punjab, prevent fake marriages and control the issues of biometric appointments, he said that the Punjab Government is committed to providing a legal framework for the youth of the state to go abroad. through which they go abroad. Who are trying to make money by fulfilling their dreams illegally without falling prey to sharks.
He said that no stone will be left unturned to ensure that youths are not exploited by fake and illegal travel agents.