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Saturday, Jan 30, 2010
IGNOU may extend aid for community colleges

Kochi: Several coastal communities across the country have approached the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to set up community colleges aimed at offering certified short-term training courses that will enhance the skills of fishermen, V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice-Chancellor of the university, has said.

In his address after inaugurating the Rural Academy for Management Studies, a community college initiative by the Ernakulam District Cooperative Bank in association with IGNOU at Kakkanad here on Friday, he said that fishermen will be trained in the use of technology to get market-related information, sea climate and potential catch zones, as part of the programme.
The project was earlier introduced at Poompuhar, a coastal village in Tamil Nadu, in association with the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation and Tata Foundation, Prof. Pillai said.

Stating that the objective of the community colleges programme is to develop an alternative system of education that aims at empowering individuals through appropriate skill development leading to gainful employment in collaboration with the industry and the community, Prof. Pillai said that they offer the advantage of tailoring programmes to local needs.

M.M. Monayee, MLA, and chairman of Rural Academy for Management Studies, presided over the meeting. Latha Pillai, Pro Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU; V. J. Pappu, former Pro Vice-Chancellor of Cochin University of Science and Technology; and Babu Paul, MLA, spoke.
Courtesy: The Hindu
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