Community college, conceptually envisioned as alternative to the formal educational and instructional system, is an attempt to include the excluded; it tries to bridge the gap in skill development between the general and marginalised sections of the society, between developed and less developed regions and between the dropouts/10+2 pass and those formally qualified and certified. With such objectives, MHRD, Government of India ambitiously flagged off the project. The initiative by the Central University of Karnataka to establish a community college fits the requirements of the region in which the university is located; the region being, by several indicators, characterised as underdeveloped.
The keywords, as articulated by a nodal agency, are: 'access and flexibility in curriculum and teaching methodology; cost effectiveness and equal opportunity in collaboration with industrial, commercial and service sectors of the local area; responding to the social needs and issues of the local community; internship and job placement within the local area; promotion of self-employment and small business development; declaration of competence and eligibility for employment.'
Prof. N. Nagaraju is the Nodal Officer.
Making a modest beginning after exploratory interactions and workshops, three institutions are chosen to start three diploma level courses in Engineering and Healthcare. The details of partnering institutions and the operating the courses are follows: