This year Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are going to get around 11 community colleges that would be completely funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Around Rs. 1 crore would be provided to the colleges by the UGC which have adequate infrastructure to conduct the additional classes for recently announced community colleges.
The representatives from the 11 degree colleges of both the states would present their proposal to UGC soon. After the approval of the proposals by the national body, the courses can start in these colleges all around the two states. Presently, in some of the district centres the states already have community colleges. They are under the technical education department now. But the recently announced UGC-funded colleges would be completely managed by the established team in each of the colleges. The plan of UGC for this year is to fund such 500 community colleges over the country. The colleges would provide employment-based courses to the students who have undergone and passed their intermediate examination. The certificates after completion of the courses from community colleges would be given by the Sector Skill Council. Principal of Rajahmundry Government Degree College, Ch. Masthanaiah said, “We are planning to accommodate 50 students in a batch if we get the approval from the UGC.”
According to UGC norms, any of the colleges which can accommodate and provide proper infrastructure for vocational and employment based courses can set up a community college. The logic of these colleges is to provide technical and professional courses in minimum fees. The students who are undergoing the courses can move from level 4 to 6 and can land up into employment opportunities once they complete their courses. It was instituted by the UGC back in 2012, in order to provide an alternative institute for students where they can study in affordable fees.
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