Reaching Beyond (Vol – I & II) – Profile of the Community Colleges in India (June, 2007)
Reaching Beyond contains the actual functioning and implementation of the concept of community college system in various parts of India . We have sketched the profile of 130 community colleges belonging to the four categories in two volumes: Urban, Rural, Women and Tribal. All the colleges have the following common features:
Community Colleges have developed a system of their own.
Community Colleges specialize in job oriented courses with district components of life skills, work skills, internship, evaluation and preparation for employment.
Community Colleges have reasonable infra structure facilitates for various courses.
Community Colleges have qualified staff.
Community Colleges specialize in serving the target group of the rural poor, urban poor, tribal poor and women.
The Success of the Community Colleges lies in the fact of job placement and a certain percentage of students going for higher education.
The backbone of the Community Colleges is Industrial and Community Partnership.
The fee structure of the community Colleges is affordable to the poor.
Most of the Community Colleges subsidize even the low training cost by giving scholarships to Students.
Community Colleges have a tremendous flexibility through the autonomous set-up with no age bar and minimum qualification thus providing maximum access to all.
There are different types of Community Colleges emerging in the Country
a. Urban b. Rural c. Women and d. Tribal
The Community Colleges have shown themselves to be secular and during the course of ten years, the Community Colleges have developed various forms of recognition through National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), Manonmanium Sundaranar University (MSU) and Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU).
Every Community College faces its own Challenges. Some of them are common to all and some of them pertain to the local situation.