Empowerment Endorsed – The History of Recognition and Accreditation of Community Colleges in India (1995 - 2005), (December, 2005)
The first chapter deals with various efforts in process of recognition from April 1997, when Madras Community College started its efforts for recognition with the Government of Tamil Nadu to October 2005, when the recognition is extended to Community Colleges in other parts of India by Tamil Nadu Open University.
Chapter – II of the book is about consultations and workshops of Community Colleges and its major recommendations are:
• To create autonomous accreditation agencies which will devise norms, guidelines and prescribe standards for all Community Colleges of the Country.
• The nature of the Community College movement is to be kept autonomous in all aspects: Academic, Administrative and Functional.
• Recognition of MHRD as an alternative system of Education and to include in the 10th Five Year plan.
Chapter – III of the book deals with how the MHRD Government of India and State Government get involved in the process of affiliation of Community Colleges and chapter – IV is about evaluative study of the working of Community College movement in Tamil Nadu, which recommended that the Community Colleges should be de-linked from the University affiliation system. The next three chapters are about Accreditation of National Institute of Open Schooling and IGNOU; Diplomas and certificates of Community Colleges and accreditation by Tamil Nadu Open University to different courses of Community Colleges respectively. Part – VIII deals with Indian Community College system and next chapter is about fourth national consultation of Community Colleges in India and last part deals with efforts with MHRD, Government of India.