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10 Community Colleges planned to cater for Unskilled Labourers


10 Community Colleges planned to cater for Unskilled Labourers

The University of Madras and Chennai Corporation will jointly set up Community colleges for unskilled labourers in Chennai district, said G. Thiruvasagam, Vice-Chancellor, Madras University here on Monday.

Talking to reporters Prof. Thiruvasagam said the Chennai Mayor M. Subramanian has agreed to help in identifying locations for the institutions. The Vice-Chancellor also has plans to rope in the help of Indian Bank for installing equipment in these colleges, he said.

A total of 10 such institutions would be started in three districts. In Chennai it will be four Community Colleges and three each in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts, he said.

No educational qualification was needed for those wish to join these colleges, where training would be provided on trades such as two-wheeler mechanics, air-conditioning and refrigeration and masonry. Those who wish to join should know to read and write.

The objective of the college is to improve their skills and provide them with theoretical knowledge. Duration of the course is six months and in each batch 100 persons would be admitted in one College. In a year nearly 800 persons would pass out of the college in Chennai alone, he said.

The Department of Technical Education has identified 25 trades, which would be offered and they will issue the certificates at the end of the course period. The class timings would be during evening hours and weekends to suit the needs of semi-skilled/skilled labourers, he said.

Free Education Scheme 2010-11

A total of 28 students from 25 different departments of the Madras University who have been selected to receive Free Education Scheme of the University would be completing their first semester, he said. Explaining about the selection of students to receive this benefit, Prof. Thiruvasagam said those who live in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts are only eligible to apply for this scheme.

They should possess a ration card and their economic status and merits would be considered during the selection process. First generation students, widows, landless and homeless boys would be given priority, he said.

The last date for applying for this scheme is July 10. A total of 110 Colleges were functioning under the Madras University and each College should admit at least 10 students under this scheme, Prof. Thiruvasagam added.

10 Community Colleges planned to cater for Unskilled Labourers

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