"I have seen during my visits abroad that a six-week English course is a must for candidates coming from other countries. Out government is also focusing on English education. Here, too, it should be mandatory for every student," he said at a career fair yesterday.
Chatterjee, who is also in charge of Higher Education Department, urged the heads of the academic institutions to ensure overall development of students.
"The curriculum should be modern, in tune with the job market. For a physics student, merely reading a physics text book and references before sitting for exams won't be enough.
He/she must be conversant with new technologies too."
The minister asked the career fair participants to equip themselves with necessary skills to keep pace with the changing job scenario in the country.
Highlighting the role of parents in grooming their children, he said one who is proficient in English literature should not be forced to take up science.
"The parents should take note of the student's merit before pushing them into a course," he added.
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