Haryana to start community college in state polytechnics

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Chandigarh, Sep 18 (UNI) The Haryana govenment has decided to start community colleges in all government polytechnics or aided polytechnics from October for skill enhancement of those working in the informal sectors.

This was informed here today by Technical Education Minister A C Choudhry while speaking at the one day workshop on community college system in India, organised by the Haryana Directorate of Technical Education in collaboration with the Indian Center for Research and Development of Community Education, Chennai.

Speaking at the workshop, the Minister said the state government had fixed a target of producing 50,000 skilled manpower in the informal sector during the 11th Five Year Plan.

The Minister said that for the purpose the scheme of establishment of Skill Development Centres had been started for skill enhancement in informal sector. He added that an amount of Rs 50 lakhs had been earmarked for community college scheme in current financial year.

Mr Choudhry said, ''The Community College is an alternative system of education which is aimed at empowerment of the disadvantage and the underprivileged through appropriate skills development.'' He informed that the community college concept as prevailing in America is being started at GP Manesar in collaboration with Montgomery College State of Maryland, US. New building block with 70000 sq ft had been earmarked in GP Manesar for community college.

He informed that at GP Manesar certificate courses in basic electronics engg, electrical supervisor competency, automobile wiring electrician and core hardware have been introduced in pilot stage from this session.

A delegation from the state is scheduled to visit Maryland, US next month, to give shape to this project, he said.

UNI

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