Community Colleges are an alternative system of
education, which aims to empower individuals through
appropriate skill development leading to gainful
employment in collaboration with the local industry
and the community. It helps in developing skills for
employment and self-employability particularly to
the marginalised and underprivileged sections of
society. Community colleges offer the advantage of
tailoring programs to local needs and state-based
requirements by using approaches that will be most
acceptable to workers in the given community.
generally have a 2-year
that either leads to an Associate degree for
transfer to an undergraduate college or lead to the
students’ direct entry into any occupation or trade.
These colleges are a source of economic growth
because they provide an educated and skilled
workforce that improves the quality of life for
individual students, communities, and the nation.
An institution applying to IGNOU for registration as
a Community College, should be run by an educational
agency/registered society/Trust or corporate body
rooted in community-based activities. They must be
credible institutions with a
minimum period of five
years of proven service
and be located in the community it seeks to
While submitting the “expression of interest”, the
applicant (educational agency/registered
society/Trust or corporate body) will specify the
Programme Sectors and levels
(Certificate/Diploma/Associate Degree), it wishes to
offer through the Community College. The detailed
programme content and Certificate/Diploma Programmes
of IGNOU, which the institution wishes to use,
should be clearly mentioned.
The IGNOU will
students and award certificate diploma or associate
Fee payable to
IGNOU per registration will be: Rs 250 for
certificate, Rs 500
for diploma and Rs 750 for associate degree. Examination fee will also be
charged as and when applicable
The charges from
the students for their training will be fixed by the
organisation in consultation with the IGNOU.
available in teacher education, agriculture,
engineering, paralegal, etc.
You can file Expression of Interest (EOI) along with
details of activities, certifications, audit
reports, justification for the chosen courses and
their utility for the community, to the IGNOU for
scrutiny and selection.
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