Encouraged by the response to its course for the mukadams (supervisors) in the power loom town of Malegaon, the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) plans to introduce a module-based degree course in textiles.
The course, which will be launched from June is targeted at people associated with the textile industry but who could not acquire formal education. “Our aim is to provide education opportunities to the under- privileged, who are skilled but don’t get recognition because they have not acquired any formal education,” vice- chancellor R Krishnakumar said.
Director, health sciences, Jaideep Nikam, said it will be a three-year course but divided into different modules. For instance, a student after completing six months will get a certificate, and after completion of a year and two years, will be given diploma and advanced diploma, respectively.
On the completion of three years, the student will be awarded a degree.
“The idea is to give at least some recognition to every student even if the student drops out in the middle of the course,” he said.
The YCMOU has tied up with Textile Association of India and has also been promised support from director of textiles, Mumbai to introduce the course to more and more people, Nikam said. In September, the YCMOU had conducted examinations for mukadams and 700 persons had cleared to earn a degree that is recognized by the Maharashtra government.
The university plans to hand over these degrees at a special ceremony to be held in Malegaon in the first week of February.
The 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. (TOI)