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Tutor-training programme on youth development

By Our Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE, OCT. 28. An international tutor-training programme was held under the auspices of the Common Youth Programme (CYP) at Annamalai University near here recently. This pan-Commonwealth programme was intended to train "tutors, mentors, moderators and counsellors in youth development," according to Raka Rashid of the CYP Centre, Chandigarh.

Ms. Rashid said there were four such centres in the Commonwealth countries — Asia (Chandigarh), Africa (Lusaka in Zambia), Caribbean (George Town ) and South Pacific (Solomon Island).

Of the 23 universities covered under the CYP, a diploma course in youth development had been introduced in partnership with six frontline universities, including Annamalai University, through the Directorate of Distance Education (DDE).

This rural youth focussed programme would address various issues faced by them including unemployment or underemployment.

Ms. Rashid said institutions in the United Kingdom and Australia were giving one-year credit in the undergraduate programmes to those who had completed the Diploma in Youth Development. The course contained 13 core modules, besides regional modules, and these might initially look quite exhaustive, but "would become easy with familiarisation," she said.

The Vice-Chancellor, L.B. Venkatrangan, said Annamalai University was the third institution, next to SNDT in Mumbai and IGNOU, to take up the course in the country.

Through distance education, it had introduced 303 programmes, including conventional, job-oriented courses.

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