Netaji Subhas Open University – Agami Nirman 2003 Vocational Study Centre
In collaboration with Netaji Subhas Open University, Agami Nirman 2003 began a one-year vocational course entitled ‘Diploma in Pre-Primary Teachers’ Education –Montessori’ from July 2013 at an NSOU - Agami Nirman 2003 Study Centre at New Alipore. This Diploma course can be taken by students who are at least 10+2 qualified. Classes are held on Sundays so that candidates can pursue full-time courses side-by-side.
This is Agami Nirman’s maiden venture at providing facilities to youth for vocational training to enable them to qualify themselves very easily for suitable careers by saving on both time and monetary investments. The success of the scheme at hand will determine whether more courses can be opened for the benefit of our youth. We are grateful to NSOU who have enabled these carefully designed courses which should go a long way in improving the employability of youth in various vocations requiring particular skills.
Report-2014 from the centre
With the successful completion of a year of classes of the Pre-Primary Teachers’ Training course at our New Alipore centre we were glad to announce admissions for the second session in 2014-15. Out of a total of 23 students admitted last year 19 appeared for the final examinations conducted by NSOU, the affiliating University . The results, however, are yet to be communicated to the centre by the University.
Last year the centre was unable to conduct counselling/screening sessions for admission to the course owing to time constraints but this year the importance of meeting applicants to ascertain their genuine interest in and aptitude for the course was not bypassed.
Admissions began in June 2014 in keeping with the schedule announced by NSOU and we are happy to note that 23 students took admission filling up all the available seats. Owing to lack of space, the centre is unable to increase the intake at present.
New Initiative of the Agami Nirman 2003 Vocational Study Centre
Since 2013 it has been observed that if our students are to be placed in Institutions of repute then it is necessary to equip them with sound communication skills, particularly in English. The Director of the Vocational Study Centre, Dr. Sanghamitra Mukherjee along with the Coordinator ,Sri Dibyaloke Rai Chaudhuri arranged for a Communicative English course designed for six months to begin in January 2014. Smt. Mala Balakrishnan consented to teach the course consisting of two hours of instruction per week. The first batch of 13 students completed the course in July 2014 and will be assessed both orally and in written before they are awarded certificates for the successful completion of the course. Meanwhile, a second batch of students began classes in July 2014.