Staff Reporter

IGNOU to open at least one in each district

Colleges were opened through an

industry-institution collaboration

Centre to focus on skill development

Tirupur: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will set up at least one Community College in each of the 500-odd districts in the country before 2011-2012, according to National Expert Committee on Community Colleges (NECCC) member M. Shanmugam.

Labour force

Mr. Shanmugam, who is also the Regional Director of IGNOU, told reporters here that the Community Colleges were being opened through an industry-institution collaborative programme with an aim of generating skilled manpower for the labour intensive sectors during the 11th Five Year Plan period.

“At present, only five percent of the labour force in the country between 20 and 24 years of age, have obtained vocational skills through formal means,” he pointed out.

Moreover, just 2.5 million vocational training seats were available across the country whereas 12.8 million enter the labour market every annum.

Mr. Shanmugam said that the formal inauguration of the Community College started by IGNOU along with Shakthi Medical Trust in Tirupur a few days ago, would be held very soon.

“We have commenced two-year associate degree programmes at the Tirupur centre and an open-access admission policy is being followed,” he said.

S. Appusamy, chairman of the Community College in Tirupur, said that the centre would focus more on skill development of the workforce employed in the predominant garment sector.