Centre for Adult Education
ABOUT THE CENTRE
The Centre of Continuing & Adult Education and Extension (CCAEE) came into existence on 6 December 1976. Its thrust areas are defined by the words ¯Continuing Education and Extension¯ taking into consideration various government schemes such as Adult Literacy, National Literacy Mission, Jan Shikshan Nilayams, etc. initiated from time to time by the government of India for the educational, social & cultural upliftment of the underprivileged section of the society.
Keeping in view the needs of prioritized groups like non-literate adults, adolescent girls/boys, from weaker sections of society, the activities of the Centre are focused on the following thrust areas in accordance with the UGC Guidelines as
Integration of Formal & Non-formal Education.
Catering to the needs of deprived sections of society
¯ Developing a positive attitude of teachers and students towards community needs by evolving different strategies in the field of Extension Education
¯ Attending to major developmental issues like, Literacy, Health & Hygiene, Gender Equity, Family Life Education, Population Education, AIDS, Human Rights Education, Child Labour, Income Generation, Communal Harmony, other General Awareness Programmes, Transfer of Technology, etc.
Background ¯Adult Literacy Programmes
Traditionally universities are supposed to perform the role of propagation of Knowledge (Teaching) and addition to Knowledge (Research), of which the benefits, by and large, remain within the campuses or the higher strata of society. The problems of society (like illiteracy, un-employment, poor status of ill health, etc.) have to be tackled through a multi-pronged approach. The present education system needs to address such issues by especially devised means. To achieve this objective, the UGC in late1970¯s, initiated an ¯Extension¯ Programme. This was further strengthened by treating Extension as the IIIrd dimension of Education through the National Policy on Education, 1986 and 1988. The philosophy behind this was to assign the task of social change to the institutes of higher learning, through mobilizing teachers and students. Education is considered to be an instrument to bring about positive social changes. Through Extension activities, we have a fair chance of meeting our obligations to those who are marginalized, under-privileged with a poor quality of life.
2. With the above end in view, the Centres /Departments of Continuing & Adult Education and Extension, (CCAEE) were established in a few Universities by the UGC in mid 1970¯s, considering institutes of higher learning as the instruments of social change.
3. It may be worth mentioning that CCAEE may not be equated with other departments of the University, as its nature of work is entirely different in content and programmes. To this end, Centres of Continuing and Adult Education and Extension have been given the status of Academic Non-Vacation Department and work throughout the year to attain the set objectives.
4. Right from the beginning the University Grants Commission has been extending support to the Centres of Adult & Continuing Education and Extension Programmes in respective universities on the basis of proposals submitted by the universities in accordance with the Guidelines issued by the UGC for preparing the proposals. The proposals are being reviewed by the Committee (s) appointed by the UGC; upon whose recommendations, the proposals for the establishment of Centres/ Departments (Continuing & Adult Education and Extension) are approved. As per the UGC Guidelines, the Universities are fully authorized to set their objectives and conduct/organize their ¯Programmes of Action¯, as per their needs & requirements. The CCAEE, AMU, has accordingly set its own targets of development of marginalized groups/community members.
The CCAEE undertakes different activities keeping in view the best of potential available at the University for the upliftment of the under-served section of society through its outreach activities.
Activities & Functions
Centre of Continuing & Adult Education and Extension, A.M.U, Aligarh
¯ Teaching, Training and Research: The Centre functions like other departments of the University, except that there is no formal teaching for diplomas or degrees, but, instead, it is involved in adult education and out-reach activities.
¯ Catalyst Role in Life Long Learning: The Centre acts as a focal agency in the University system for all LLL (life-long learning) programmes and provide academic and technical resource support for community based activities in collaboration with university departments and individual faculties.
¯ Collaborative and Networking Role: Apart from collaboration with university departments and faculties, it engages in networking with Governmental and Non-governmental agencies and other external organizations.
¯ Developing and Offering: The CCAEE, AMU develops and offers need-based Life Long Learning/Education Programmes for members of the local community.
¯ Documentation, Dissemination and Evaluation: The CCAEE, AMU is actively involved in development of reading material for neo-literates, documentation of case studies/success stories and preparation of scholarly publications.
Courses Conducted by the Centre
The Courses conducted by the Centre may be classified into six categories:-
¯ Literacy Classes
¯ Bridge Courses
¯ Functional English Courses
¯ Skill Development Courses
¯ Awareness Generation Courses
¯ Computer Courses