Haryana government and IGNOU establishes community college

Shri Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Chief Minister, Haryana, inaugurated the Indira Gandhi National Open University's (IGNOU's) Haryana IGNOU Community College, Institute for Competency Advancement of Teachers (iCAT) and a new teaching block at Government Polytechnic, Manesar.

“Keeping on the tab of the number of polytechnics in Haryana, the state has seen immense growth in their number. The efficiency of both teachers and students are imperative for the state's growth. We must ensure this type of mutual benefit arising from education so that the students get employment,” said the chief minister while inaugurating the community college. He also urged to start paramedical vocational programmes in the community college.

“We started this scheme of community colleges under public initiative to chalk out a programme for skill development in the country. It is an autonomous society created by the university to provide vocational education, skill upgradation and training which will help the country to answer the problem of skill deficit,” said Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, VC, IGNOU during the inauguration.

Under this collaboration between IGNOU and Haryana Community college, twenty new courses will soon be introduced on security, automobiles repair, fabrication, electrical, electronics, information and communication technology, printing, garments, fire safety management, water harvesting management, tourism and hotel management, foreign language (Spanish and French), paralegal, beautician, creative writing and communication skills, construction design, transport management and conductor training, retailing management.

However, to launch with, initially five courses have been introduced, namely, Diploma in BPO, Finance & Accounting, Fire Safety, Security Management, Front Office Management and Housekeeping. These are tailor made courses that are already certified by IGNOU. Dozens of skills are being identified by collecting information regarding their employability in the area and are likely to be launched shortly.

The basic aim of introducing the community colleges in a state is to increase the professional capacity of higher secondary school teachers, college teachers, ITI, polytechnic, engineering college, community college and vocational college teachers.

Community college concept is an alternative approach to provide system education and skilled development which aims to gainful employment. They generally have modules ranging in duration from three months to two years leading to an associate degree. It is tailored as per needs of local community and industry that contributes to economic growth because they provide an educated skilled workforce.

The function was organised under the joint venture of government of Haryana and IGNOU in the presence of Shri Mahender Partap Singh, Revenue and Technical Education Minister, Haryana, Rao Inderjeet Singh, MP, Gurgaon, Sukhbir Kataria, Minister of State for sports and youth affairs, agriculture and cooperation, Rao Dharam Pal, MLA, Badshahpur and Dharambir Singh, MLA, Sohna, P.C. Meena, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, Dr. Avtar Singh, IAS, DG Technical Education, Haryana, Ajit M Sharan, IAS, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary to Government of Haryana, Technical Education Department.