The University of Mumbai and Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages (HCCB) launched four “community colleges” at the Fort campus on Tuesday evening in a one-of-its-kind initiative aimed at bridging the skills gap between education and industry.
The two-year “associate degree” programme will focus on sales management and retail training. “The aim is to create skilled manpower,” said Rajan Welukar, the university’s vice-chancellor. The four university-affiliated colleges that will deliver the programme are K.G. Joshi College of Arts and N.G.
Bedekar College of Commerce ,Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil College in Navi Mumbai, Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar College in Mahad and Shri Pancham Mahavidyalaya. Students will get their degree after two-years but will also be eligible to join the third year in a regular bachelors programme depending on relevant credits. Students finishing the programme will be eligible for recrtuiment at the company (performance depending) with a minimum monthly starting salary of Rs 15,000. Coca Cola will pay 80% of the student’s fees for the course.