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Sunday January 22, 2012 05:01:20 PM, Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: Encouraged by the tremendous response it received to its course for the Mukadams of Malegaon, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) now plans a module based degree course in textiles for those who are associated with the industry.

The course to be launched from June this year is targeted at the people associated with the textile industry who could not acquire formal education because of poverty, absence of institutions offering such courses and various other such reasons, YCMOU Vice Chancellor Dr. Krishnakumar informed


“Our aim is to provide education opportunities to the under-privileged who are skilled but don’t get recognitions because they have not acquired any formal education”, he said.

Outlining the details of the proposed degree course in textiles, Dr. Jaideep Nikam, Director of Health Sciences at YCMOU who was recently in Malegaon said that the course though will have three-year duration; it is divided into different modules to suite the class it is meant for.


He said that a student after completing six months will be given a certificate, after first and second years he will be given diploma and advanced diploma respectively, and finally a degree after completing the entire three years.


“The idea is to give at least some recognition to every student even if he discontinues in the middle”, he said.

The YCMOU’s plan to introduce the degree course in textiles follows the exams the university had conducted in Malegaon on September 30, 2011 for the Mukadams, the head mechanics of the city’s powerloom industry.


More than 700 Mukadams had cleared the said exam that earned each one of them a university recognition, which is also recognised by the Govt. of Maharashtra.


YCMOU plans to hand over the certificates to these Mukadams in a special ceremony to be held in Malegaon in February first week. With the certificates in their hands, these Mukadams would probably form a unique chunk of people in the world, who cannot read or write yet hold university certificate.

Meanwhile, YCMOU has tied up with Textile Association of India and has also been promised of a support from Director of Textiles, Mumbai so as to introduce the course to more and more people, Dr Nikam said.

YCMOU had earlier launched courses on similar lines for Mumbai’s dabbawalas, newspaper hawkers and other skill-oriented and professional courses for in-house industrial training to those who are skilled but do not have formal education.




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