TeamLease to set up Vocational Education University in Gujarat
India’s largest staffing company, TeamLease Services has signed an agreement with the Gujarat Government to set up India’s first Vocational Education University.
TeamLease University (TLU) will set up 22 community colleges across the State of Gujarat that will offer two year associate degree programs in collaboration with employers. The 22 community colleges are likely to come up over 36 months, while the first 10 will be set up over the next 18 months. TLU will be India’s first University focused on vocational education. Employers will be at the heart of academics and technology will be at the heart of operations. It will offer quality education via four classrooms (physical, satellite, e-learning and on-the-job). The two year associate degree programs will fill an important gap by creating a mezzanine layer between shorter certificate/ diploma courses (provided by TeamLease subsidiary IIJT) and traditional degree colleges. These associate degree programs are an important part of solution to the skill and vocational education crisis because of their higher duration (many children need more time for repair after having been badly served in their school year, higher employability (strong linkages with employers and mandatory apprenticeships) and vertical mobility (these programs can be used for lateral entry into traditional degree colleges).
The TLU model of 22 community colleges across the State recognizes that taking students to training substantially increase costs and it is important to take training to students. TLU will use a multi-modal delivery model that will include satellite delivery (from studios in Ahmedabad, Delhi and Bangalore), classroom instruction, e-learning and on-the-job training. Each community college will have technology at the heart of operations with online communities/portals for students and faculty, biometric attendance systems, and satellite classrooms. Each course will be offered in partnership with employers who will serve on the Course Review panel which will meet quarterly to review admission criteria, curriculum, assessments, faculty trainer, exams and much else. Each four semester associate degree will offer a one semester internship with an employer in the domain or function of their education. “Youth unemployability is a bigger problem than youth unemployment,” said Gujarat principal secretary (education) Hasmukh Adhia, who signed the agreement on behalf of the state government. Manish Sabharwal, chairman, TeamLease Services, said his company is adopting the university system because global experience shows that community colleges improve accessibility, increase inclusiveness, lower costs and create vertical mobility.