IGNOU will soon tie up with the Indian army to set up community colleges in its cantonments and other defence establishments to impart education in market-driven courses and soft skill programmes.

“The courses will be for army personnel and their family members to help the unemployed members secure employment,” university officials said, adding that the programmes would also be useful for those personnel who are looking to start a new career after retirement.

The faculty will comprise teachers from IGNOU as well as from the defence forces.

Other details of the project and the funds are being worked out, they said.

IGNOU had recently started 100 community colleges in various parts of the country with an aim to help the underprivileged avail quality education, besides targeting dropouts.

Students, who attend these colleges will acquire associate degrees, which will ensure them a lateral entry to the bachelor’s programme for formal graduation degrees.

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