Varsity launches community college programme

The Mumbai University on Tuesday officially launched its first 'Community College Programme' at it Fort campus in collaboration with Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) Private Limited. The programme is designed to impart job skills and develop employability amongst youth in India.

The colleges that will offer the programme includes K G Joshi College of Arts and N G Bedekar College of Commerce from Thane, Rayat Shiksan Sanstha's Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil College from Vashi, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar College of Arts, Commerce and Science from Mahad, in Raigad and Shri Pancham Khemraj Mahavidyalaya at Sawantwadi, Sindhudurg. The classes for the first batch will begin in November.

As many as 40 students from each college will be enrolled in the community college, a first of its kind initiative in the country by any state university. HCCB will be spending Rs 20,000 per student under this programme. After the completion of the programme candidates will be absorbed by the company on its factory floor with a starting salary of Rs 15,000 per month. Minister of Higher and Technical Education Rajesh Tope, who was present at the event, said, "There is already a community college scheme of central government and University Grants Commission where every state will have to set up 16 community colleges. The state government is looking at implementing this scheme at the earliest. The community college programme of Mumbai University is different from the central government's scheme. Such programmes would prove beneficial in bridging the skill gap between institutions and industry."

"We expect more industries to come forward to start community colleges especially in rural/tribal/ urban areas as per their needs. So that youth in those areas will be assured of employment .This is in true sense the Industry-Academia interface," said Dr Rajan Welukar, Vice-Chancellor of MU.

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