Students at Government Polytechnic Jharudih in Dhanbad on Friday. Picture by Gautam Dey
Community College, a first of its kind cradle to come up at the Government Polytechnic Institute, Dhanbad, is offering the opportunity to technicians working in various industries of the Coal Belt to upgrade their skills.
Set up under National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF), the college is a dream come true, not only for working technicians, but also for youngsters looking at acquiring new skills and those who have retired or left their jobs mid-way.
On Friday, the college started distributing forms for diplomas in software development and automative engineering
The fees for each course is Rs 8,600 per annum and forms are available for Rs 400 (Rs 200 for SC/ ST and OBC). The last date for applying is August 25 while admissions would be finalised by an eight-member team, headed by principal of the polytechnic, K.K. Sinha.
Classes, around 1,000 hours of teaching per annum has been promised, are likely to be held during mornings or evenings. Practicals would be held in adjoining industries like Animesh Nissan, an automobile showroom, and at the office of a Maithon-based software developer.
Sinha, who is in charge of the Community College, said priority would be given to those who were working in industries within a 60km radius of Dhanbad or who have worked in nearby industries earlier.
Depending on vacancies, the college may also allow youngesters, especially those who have pursued vocational courses as a subject in matric examinations.
Sinha said a system of “multi-entry and multi-exit” would be followed so that candidates of different age groups and qualifications would be eligible for admission.
“Also, students have the option of leaving after a year or two. Alternatively, they could complete the full three-year course term and earn diplomas,” he said, adding that those who leave after a year or two, would be given competency certificates.
Students, who opt out after a year or two to take up a job would be free to return and complete the course and earn a diploma.
“Our existing faculty will take classes. But, we can also take the help of visiting teachers if needed,” said Sinha.
Conceptualised by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), National Vocational Education Qualification Framework is an initiative of the Centre to integrate vocational education with current conventional educational streams to allow students, young and old, to explore diverse opportunities.
There are 64 community colleges across the country. While some are being run at UGC-recognised institutions, others are functioning out of polytechnics, engineering colleges and schools.