The Human Resource Development ministry has proposed to set
up 100 community colleges on a pilot basis in the 12th Five Year Plan.
The alternative system of education is targeted towards the disadvantaged section of
society which will offer job-oriented courses to students.
“With the continuing demand-supply mismatch, where some
colleges have cut-offs as high as 100 per cent, it is imperative to ensure a seat
for a local student seeking higher education in a college or institution in the
district in which he or she resides. It is expected that around one lakh
additional students can get access through first 100 community colleges
proposed to be set up on pilot basis and the number would rise as
implementation progresses. This will also ensure an increase in effective gross
enrolment ratio (GER),” said a HRD Ministry official.
According to the proposal, community colleges will offer
two-year programme on various disciplines which will have employment
potentials, especially in industries. After completion of courses, students
will be awarded ‘associate degrees’.
“Community colleges may have a few or many disciplines based
on the needs and employment potential,” the Ministry official added.
The Ministry has proposed to identify 80 colleges under the
University Grants Commission (UGC) and 20 polytechnics under the All India
Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to set up 100 community colleges.
“Some incentives from the government could be provided to
the institutions acting as community colleges in shifts when normal colleges do
not utilise their infrastructure including laboratories or classrooms). These
could be mandatorily accredited by the accrediting agencies on satisfaction of
set norms and with mandatory disclosures,” another HRD Ministry official said.
[Source: Deccan Herald]