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The concept of community colleges introduced by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is leading by its examples as the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) under Ministry of Heavy Industry, Government of India, a Navrathna Company has recognized the associate degree given by the university through this scheme and made the students eligible for employment in their corporation.

B. Shankar, Executive Director (HR & CC), BHEL, informed Dr. S. A. Pillai, Managing Director, IGNOU- Institute of Industrial Management for Safety, Health and Environment (IIMSHE) Community College at Bhopal that the Associate Degree in engineering (ADP) in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (Advanced Diploma) awarded by IGNOU is now equivalent to Diploma in Engineering for induction in BHEL as supervisors.

“As informed by your institute (IIMSHE), we have noted that the aforesaid programme of Associate degree in engineering is a regular programme for candidates with 10+2 qualifications and after this programme, students are given admission directly in second year of engineering degree. In view of this, ADPs in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering of your institute and awarded by IGNOU are equivalent to diploma in engineering and thus, candidates with this qualification are eligible to apply for the post of supervisor trainees in BHEL, provided they meet the requirement of job-specifications,” said Shankar in a communiqu

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