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  • 1.     Wadhwani  Skills  Colleges    India   needs   to   create   tens   of   millions   of   skilled   knowledge   workers   to   sustain   its  economic   growth,   meet   global   demand   and   fulfill   its   human   potential.   With   a  Higher   Education   Gross   Enrollment   Ratio   (GER)   of   only   12.4%,   this   skill   gap  needs   to   be   urgently   addressed.   Though   degrees   are   considered   prestigious,  issues   of   accessibility,   affordability   and   employability   prevent   many   students  from  pursuing  higher  education.    To   meet   the   skill   demands   of   a   growing   Indian   economy   and   increasing   youth  population,   Wadhwani   Foundation   launched   the   Skills   Colleges   Initiative.   This  will   build   world-­‐class   capacity   for   three   million   higher   education   seats   tightly  linked  with  market-­‐linked  vocational  education.  Working  closely  with  Industry,  Central  &  State  Governments  as  well  as  Educational  Institutes,  the  Initiative  aims  to  offer  a  faster,  cheaper  and  better  alternative  to  the  regular  college  track  and  thus  open  the  doors  to  the  4.5  million  youth  left  behind  after  completing  Class  12  each  year.  The  initiative  will  provide  a  shorter  cycle  industry  driven  certificate,  diploma   and   Associate   Degree   programs   with   flexibility   to   transfer   credits   to  mainstream  degrees.  The  thrust  is  to  link  education  to  jobs  that  not  only  fulfills  lifelong  improvement  in  skills  but  also  meets  the  knowledge  worker  demand  of  Industry  and  international  businesses.                                For   bridging   the   national   skill   gaps,   Vocational   Education   and   Training  institutions   across   the   spectrum   of   size,   location   and   specializations   need   to  overcome  barriers  to  quickly  start  and  scale  up  quality  programs.  To  enable  this,  Wadhwani   Foundation   provides   capacity   building   services   in   Industry   driven  Curriculum   and   Courseware   development,   Faculty   Training   along   with  Technology  enablement  for  innovation,  flexibility  and  reach.      The  Skills  Colleges  Initiative  has  actively  engaged  with  the  Ministry   of   Human  Resources   and   Development   (MHRD)   and   related   Government   entities   like  National   Skill   Development   Corporation   (NSDC)   in   the   National   Vocational  
  • 2.  Educational   Qualification   Framework   (NVEQF)   that   has   similar   goals.   It   has  become   the   nonprofit   partner   of   choice   for   these   implementations,   having  started   supporting   the   pilot   in   Haryana   State’s   40   schools   and   also   engaging  with   proposed   projects   in   West   Bengal,   Assam   and   Karnataka   To   validate   its  output   with   academia,   an   MOU   with   PSS   Central   Institute   of   Vocational  Education   (the   division   of   NCERT   (National   Council   for   Education   and   Research)  responsible   for   vocational   curriculum   development   and   teacher   training)   is  being  signed.      In  the  private  sector  space,  it  is  setting  up  a  Vocational  Teacher  Training  Institute  in  partnership  with  Jindal   Education   and   Montgomery   College   USA.  An  MOU  to   provide   technical   partnership   for   such   programs   at   state   and   institutional  levels  has  been  signed  with  Virginia   Community   College   System  –  consisting  of  23  community  colleges  over  40  campuses.  It  is  also  driving  an  innovative  direct  Company-­‐College   partnership   with   24/7   Customer,   a   BPO   company   and   St.  Josephs   College,   Bangalore   to   drive   a   “Hire-­‐Train-­‐Intern-­‐Place”   proof   of  concept   model.   The   intent   is   to   build   on   these   pilots   to   form   the   basis   for  developing   a   National   Skill   Knowledge   Network   to   support   integrating  relevant  skills  into  mainstream  education.    -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐