MHRD to Launch 10 Community Colleges with Canada

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The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has decided to set up 10 community colleges this year in collaboration with the Canadian government. The government has a mandate of setting up 100 community colleges this year.

According to the Global Skills Summit organized by FICCI, the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said “Under the Adult Literacy Programme which aims to cover some 70 mn working age population in the age bracket of 18-64 years in the country by 2020, 60% are women. Since they can’t move away from their holds due to family commitments, to make them skilled, we need community colleges which will reach out to them wherever they are residing.”

A recently launched pilot project on vocational education launched in Haryana schools last week. The next step of the pilot project will be West Bengal which if successful will be launched nationally with an opportunity to pursue higher courses such as BSC in vocational education for those who wish to pursue their education for a higher degree and make better use of their domain skills. The countries which are facing demographic challenge will benefit the most by investing in India. India for instance would have an average age of 29 years in 2020 while China and the US will have an average age of 37 years, he added.

According to German Ambassador, Michael Steiner, with an ageing population, it will be a win-win for us to collaborate with India on skill development. And we are collaborating with the Ministry of Labour by beginning the training of the first batch of master trainers next month onwards.