Sunday, June 6, 2010

College degree for JCOs, NCOs and Sepoys of the Indian Army

Project GYANDEEP was launched based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Army and IGNOU on 04 Sep 09. The project was dedicated to the Nation by the Honourable President of India on 19 Nov 2009. The aim of the project is to confer educational certification to JCOs, NCOs and Sepoys of the Indian Army by according recognition to the “in service” training carried out by individuals during the entire span of their service career. The aim is also to empower all JCOs, NCOs and Sepoys by arming them with a diploma/degree so as to facilitate a second career post retirement. This programme has the potential to transform the post-retirement life of soldiers by equipping them with a formal qualification and preparing them for competitive job avenues.

JCOs, NCOs and Sepoys who wish to register for award of diploma/ degree can do so through their respective Regimental Centres, all of which have been registered as Army-IGNOU Community Colleges with IGNOU. These community colleges will function as autonomous institutes in instituting academic, training and administrative responsibilities etc and at any time will not seek affiliation to IGNOU. The community colleges will identify academic programmes to be offered to the community of soldiers for this program on the basis of a need analysis of the local job requirements and opportunities and incorporate these findings into the curriculum, and if so required, take assistance from IGNOU in identifying such academic programmes. The Community colleges will abide by the norms and guidelines defined for the scheme by IGNOU, whereby IGNOU has the sole authority for modifying the terms and conditions of the community college scheme.
More details: College degree for JCOs, NCOs and Jawans after their Military Service: click here

Golden opportunity
Providing education leading to a degree is the foremost welfare measure for our well deserved Jawans. Project Gyandeep will be one of the resounding success stories for our troops if implemented sincerely. It is a win- win situation for the Military and the Nation.
Note: Person Below Officer Rank (PBOR) in the original text has been replaced by JCOs, NCOs and Sepoys as the term PBOR is distastefully coined by MOD babus to demean the soldiers. Let the Armed Forces refrain from using the term PBOR.

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