XII th Five Year Plan Document of Planning Commission has laid a special emphasis on expansion of skill-based programmes in higher education. It recommends setting up of Community Colleges (CC) to serve multiple needs, including (i) career oriented education and skills to students interested in directly entering the workforce; (ii) contracted training and
education programmes for local employers; (iii) high-touch remedial education for secondary school graduates not ready to enroll in traditional colleges, giving them a path to transfer to three or four year institutions; and (iv)general interest courses to the community for personal development and interest.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has
launched a scheme on skills development based higher education as part of
college/university education, leading to Bachelor of Vocation (B.Voc.)
Degree with multiple exits such as Diploma/Advanced Diploma under the NSQF.
The B.Voc. programme is focused on universities and colleges providing
undergraduate studies which would also incorporate specific job roles and
their NOSs alongwith broad based general education. This would enable the
graduates completing B.Voc. to make a meaningful participation in
accelerating India’s economy by gaining appropriate employment, becoming
entrepreneurs and creating appropriate knowledge.
To make higher education relevant to learner and community
To integrate relevant skills into the higher education system
To provide skill based education system to currently pursuing higher education willing to enter the workforce
To provide employable skills to senior secondary school pass outs not willing to join higher education system
To provide opportunities for community based life-long learning by offering courses of general interest to the community for personal development and interest
To provide opportunity to move to higher education in future; and
To offer bridge courses to certificate holders of general/vocational education, so as to bring them at par with appropriate NVEQF level
List of affiliated colleges under Savitribai Phule Pune University selected by university grants commission to implement community colleges scheme
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