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Malegaon: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will open 200 community colleges in the country, Vice-Chancellor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai has said, reports The Hindu.


Inaugurating an IGNOU study centre at the State Resource Centre (SRC) at Nandavanam in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday, Prof. Pillai said the aim was to open at least one college in each district. The State already had 20 such colleges.


According to the report, Each community college will have a twelve-member academic board and an 8-member executive committee. The Vice-Chancellor said IGNOU was extending assistance to Army personnel in acquiring diplomas and degrees.


Pointing out that there were 89 dropouts for every 100 school enrolments in the country, Prof. Pillai said community colleges had a big role in imparting education to those who cannot afford it the formal way.


Minister for Education M.A. Baby inaugurated the community college of the State Resource Centre. In the first phase, the college will offer associate degree in Adult and Continuing Education, diploma in Beauty Therapy and a certificate programme in Yoga and Meditation.


Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said joint efforts can take the country forward in the education sector. Mr. Baby lauded the efforts of the SRC and the IGNOU in this regard.


Presiding over the function, V. Sivankutty, MLA, said the enthusiasm witnessed during the literacy drive in the State was missing in continuing education programmes. State General Education Secretary James Varghese welcomed the gathering. Public Relations Director M. Nandakumar, Kerala State Literacy Mission Director M. Jayadevan and IGNOU Regional Director B. Sukumar addressed the gathering.















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