ASAP (Additional Skill Acquisition Programme)


The Kerala State has embarked upon an ambitious project named State Skill Development Project to equip its young population with skills in cutting edge sectors in order to effectively alleviate the unemployment problem in the state. The General and Higher Education Departments together implemented the Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) to amplify working hands in different sectors of the economy, by providing additional skill sets to students along with their regular courses. The students studying at Government and Government Aided Higher Secondary Schools and at the Arts and Science Undergraduate Colleges will be equipped with sector specific skills to make them employable. ASAP envisages development of skill programmes in three levels, that is, from certificate programmes to dual degree programmes. The programmes shall also be dovetailed to National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework (NVEQF). The starting point will be at level three or four of NVEQF.

Level 1 ASAP Programme is of 300 – 330 hours duration, out of which 180 hours are devoted to Foundation Course that contains modules on communication skills in English and information technology. The other 120-150 hours are devoted to the skill sector chosen by the student for specialization. The focus of the foundation course is to develop soft skills that are essential to work efficiently in a corporate environment.

About Rs 1,22,000/- has been spend till date for the conduct of ASAP foundation course The ASAP level 1 programme, which commenced during November 2013,in our college, is a combination of three courses, namely, Communication Skills in English, Basic IT and an Elective Domain Specific Skill Course. The Programmes are developed, delivered, assessed and certified with the active participation of the related industries to ensure labour market acceptance of the programmes. By imparting Communication Skills in English and Basic IT courses to a large student community, the project envisages to create a large talent pool that can work in modern day organizations that promote a global work environment. By choice student groups receive sector specific skills that further enable them to be employable and industry ready.

The level-2 course provides sector specific skills to the students based on their interests.The training focuses mainly on practical side .They attend the classes at the respective skill centres during holidays and vacations and get certificates on successful completion of the course.Thus the students are well equipped with the latest knowledge base in their preferred job area along with their regular degree study.

Important dates
It all started in November 2013
The first batch of 30 student started their journey with ASAP on 15th November 2013.

The students were selected by shortlisting from the applications received.

An orientation class was conducted in September 2014 for the parents and aspiring students.The Program manager explained the scheme …

Shortlisted candidates went through counselling in the presence of principal,co-ordinator and program manager.The most needy were identified and they formed the final list of ASAP batch1.

Official inauguration

The ASAP Course in KKTM Govt. College was officially inaugurated by Honourable minister for sports Mr.Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan in the presence of Mr.T.N.PrathapanMLA,Mrs.K.B.Maheswary (chairperson,Kodungallur Municipality) and many other dignitaries on 21st February2014.

Thousand Splendid Stars

A program to select SDEs(Skill development executives) from among the final year degree and PG students was conducted in the college in association with Red FM.12 students were selected from our college for the SDE training.

Skill centre

KKTM Govt College is the biggest Skill Development Centre in Thrissur District(SDC).Students from other colleges and colleges come to our college for the skill training on weekends and vacations .Skill experts in various fields provide expert technical sessions.

Infrastructure development

ASAP set up a high speed broadband internet connection in association with Railnet in the college.Classrooms are converted to smart rooms by adding interactive boards and has in store 30 laptops and 5 multimedia projectors.

A modern networked computer lab with about 30 computer systems is proposed and the work is in progress..

Second batch….
The second batch of ASAP started in November 2014. 24 students were selected this year.

For those who missed the chance….
ASAP provides summer skill training (SST) for the students of the final year degree who could not make it to ASAP family.The students can select a skill sector and will be provided on the site training for two months during summer vacation.