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On Community Colleges

For the past few months, I have been learning about Community Colleges, since I am mandated to establish community colleges as part of my present project. Community Colleges have different shapes and mandates in different parts of the world. I would like to share the concept of a community college in my mind to trigger some discussions on the topic for getting your invaluable inputs.

By the name itself, community colleges are mandated to place community at the central position. It also means that community participation is highly essential in managing community colleges. It will not work by just running an institution in favour of the community – such institutions will very soon become like any other regular academic institution as it is a passive approach.

How do community colleges differ from other academic institutions? I believe, community colleges should be able to cater to the learning needs of the local community for living in harmony and working for further prosperity. It w…

The Class Act by Debashis Chatterjee

It was almost one and half year ago I met Prof. Dr. Debashis Chatterjee along with Dr. Priya Nair at the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK). It was during a team management training for the Senior Programme Managers of Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) organized by my division – Lifelong Learning. I reached IIMK to deliver introductory address in the opening session of the training programme. After the training has formally commenced, Dr. Priya proposed to meet Dr. Debashis Chatterjee who was then the director of IIMK.
While entering his office along with Dr. Priya, I was expecting a typical management guy in full formal suit. To my surprise I saw there a very humble person in simple attire and with a solemn smile on the face. His conversation was like a pious guru. We discussed about the training and development needs in government and Dr. Debashis shared his wonderful experiences. At the end of our visit he gave me another surprise – 'The Class Act, …