The Assam Government has decided to start 5 community colleges from March 2014 with an aim to enhance the accessibility to quality technical and vocational education all across the state.
The purpose of establishing these colleges is to contribute to the national goal of 500 million skilled persons by 2020.
The person who is above 14 years of age and could not pass Class VIII is eligible to apply for these vocational courses.
The state director of technical education, Atul Bora stated that community colleges will function at the Assam Engineering Institute, Guwahati; Girls' Polytechnic, Guwahati; HRH Prince of Wales Institute of Engineering & Technology, Jorhat; Dibrugarh Polytechnic and Silchar Polytechnic, Silchar. A community college will also be started at Bongaigaon Polytechnic, he added.
The enrolled candidates will be made to get skilled through one-year courses in automobile technology, construction, front office management, how to become tea factory technician, oil well drilling, electrical equipment maintenance and various other which will help to support economic growth of the state, informed Bora.
The Union Ministry of Human Resource development will assist the state in opening the community colleges. The underprivileged will be empowered through the courses and appropriate skills will be imparted among them. The colleges will also focus on developing entrepreneurial skills, told Bora.
The mission is to endeavor the engagement of the community and encourage industry-institution link by community colleges supplying the skilled workers to meet the demands of the industry.