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Skills Development in India to Benefit from Expertise of Canada’s Colleges and Institutes

gg india-delegation fw275 newsrelease final2New Delhi, India, February 24, 2014 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and India’s National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) have signed an ambitious Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at developing projects and programs to promote needed skills development in India.

“Initiatives under this MoU will be based on the transfer of knowledge from Canada’s colleges, institutes and polytechnics, which are experts in providing career-focused education for employment,” said ACCC CEO and Chair of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, Denise Amyot. “Colleges and institutes create economic opportunities for Canadians and ACCC is pleased to assist India in addressing the challenges of its own skills gap.”

This MoU supports objectives of India’s National Skills Policy, which is to provide needed workforce and skills development for 500 million people by 2022. The agreement comes at the start of the State Visit to India by Their Excellencies, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston.

“India is seeking expertise in leadership education programming based on ACCC’s extensive experience in developing and delivering these types of programs around the world,” said NSDC Managing Director and CEO, Dilip Chenoy. “This MoU supports a variety of objectives, including development of curriculum and teaching resources, standardization, testing and certification, as well as technical teacher training and setting up centres of excellence based on ACCC’s extensive experience.”

This agreement will focus on high-growth and other key sectors in India to build capacity in technical and vocational education and training. Many of ACCC’s 132 member institutions have extensive experience with developing and delivering international programs and projects, including with Indian institutional partners.  This experience will be applied, in partnership with NSDC, to benefit institutions, businesses and learners throughout India.

“The signing of the MoU between the National Skills Development Council and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges underscores the importance of skills development for economic growth, employment generation, and social development,” said the Governor General.

ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges and institutes, working with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities from coast to coast to coast. ACCC and its members have extensive experience at the international level, sharing expertise through programs such as Education for Employment (EFE).  ACCC is also the Secretariat of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics.

The NSDC has the responsibility of developing an approach to provide crucial skills training for 150 million Indian citizens by 2022.  Its mandate is to provide skills development by encouraging private sector investment in profit and non-profit enterprises in training and skills development through the provision of funding mechanisms.

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