COIMBATORE:Five higher education institutions from Tamil Nadu, including two universities, have been selected by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to receive funding from the apex body to set up Deen Dayal Upadhyay KAUSHAL Kendras, which will offer vocational education.
Apart from this, another 17 self-financing institutions were allowed to set up these centres with their own funding.
To give push to vocational education, the UGC plans to to establish 100 Deen Dayal Upadhyay Centres for ‘Knowledge Acquisition and Upgradation of Skilled Human Abilities and Livelihood’ (KAUSHAL) during the XII Plan period.
The UGC has received proposals from 708 higher education institutions across the country for setting up this centre. After scrutiny, the UGC shortlisted 65 institutions for the purpose. Out of these, 48 colleges and universities will get fundis from the UGC.
Among the shortlisted institutions, five are from Tamil Nadu. They are: Bharathidasan University in Tiruchi, The Gandhigram Rural Institute in Dindingul, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts and Science in Coimbatore, Loyola College in Chennai and Vivekanand College in Kanyakumari.
Bharathidasan University has got Rs 3.5 crore to set up the centre, which will offer three BVoc programmes. While, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts and Science has got Rs 4.15 crore to offer three vocational programmes, the Gandhigram Rural Institute will be receiving Rs 3.7 crore to offer two programmes. Similarly, Loyola College has got Rs 4 crore for two programmes and Vivekanand College has got Rs 3.35 crore to offer two programmes.
Apart from this, six colleges from Tamil Nadu have also got permission to set up the KAUSHAL centres with their own funds. They are: Dr NGP Arts and Science College, SNS College of Technology, Sri Ramakrishna College of Arts and Science for Women — all three in Coimbatore; KLN College of Information Technology in Madurai, Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya in Kancheepuram and VO Chidambaram College in Thoothukudi.