Monday, July 12, 2010

Community college offers low-cost education

Gurgaon got its first community college in Naya Gaon village in Sohna region. Registered with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) under its Community College Scheme, the Navjyoti Community College offers structured courses with 'credit system'. The courses include English language speaking, home care, interview and communication skills, computers, animation, web designing, fashion designing, retail management, herbal plantations, general knowledge, law and herbal plantation. The students will be charged Rs. 500 per month as fees.

"Similar colleges would be opened in Karala (near Rohini), Bawana (near Narela) and Jahangirpuri but this will be done in phases", said Kiran Bedi, General Secretary of Navjyoti India Foundation and a retired IPS officer. On Sunday, she visited the nearby Khedla village to create awareness about the facility.

Bedi said, "I will go from village to village and motivate people to join the college and take advantage of this 'B-School for marginalised'. In addition to employment, many can also look forward to joining mainstream courses run by regular colleges. Next Sunday, I will visit another Abhey Pur village". Spread over 3 acres in Naya Gaon village, the college was inaugurated by IGNOU Vice-chancellor Professor Raj Shekhran Pillai on Saturday.

The college has tied up with the British Council for English language training, Vedanta Foundation for computers and placements, and with Ozone Pharma for herbal plants training. "We will organise a placement mela and also post the names of the participants on the website for employment", Bedi said. Students will receive IGNOU certificates on completion of the course.

Source: Hindustan Times, July 12, 2010

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