South Zone Board of Continuing Education honours Dr.Nagender Swamy, Ph.D, Dr.S.Jayaraman,M.Sc.,(Agri)Ph.D and Dr.M.A.Aleem, M.D.D.M (Neuro) with Kalam Awards -2018 on 18,Nov.2018 and also organise Seminar on Continuing Education and Inclusive Development.Dr.K.Meena,Former Vice Chancellor of Bharathidassan University presides.The South Zone Board of Continuing Education was established in 2011 in tune to the motto Excellence in Action and it keeps before it the vision of excellence in all spheres of education. Literacy is the backbone of a progressive and the heartbeat of a developing nation. A literate nation is free from any kind of slavery and open to varied arenas of progress. Ever since the Continuing Education has been implemented by the South Zone Board of Continuing Education’ Training Programmes, Continuing Education Courses, Population Education Programmes, vocational skill development programmes and other comprehensive rural/urban development special activities with the collaboration of Voluntary agencies situated in Tamilnadu. The Continuing Education Scheme is multi-faceted and is postulated on the principles of treating basic literacy, post literacy and later continuing education. Above all the scheme aims at addressing the socio-economic situations of the community to provide infrastructure for larger development initiatives. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education has been playing a significant role in creating an environment where women themselves demand knowledge and study to empower themselves. Development programmes in each and every sphere of life cannot be the sole responsibility of the Government. This reality necessitates the active participation of non-government organisations (NGOs) in social development projects. Continuing education is such a field where NGOs have some very positive and significant contributions. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education is supposed to provide academic and technical resource support to continuing education. This has to be achieved through organising training programmes, material development and production, publication, extension activities, innovative projects and evaluations. Development of teaching-learning and training materials for literacy programmes. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education proposes the Production and dissemination for Continuing education,Training Continuing Education functionaries, Undertaking motivational and environment building activities for continuing education, Multimedia works,Running of field programmes and Undertaking innovative projects to identify future need of continuing Education programmes.The South Zone Board of Continuing Education has carried out and had the facilities such as: community support services to help community people to develop their life skills with self sufficiency and ensure the quality of life. Career guidance and counseling South Zone Board of Continuing Education provides career oriented assistance to the community people of several districts of Tamilnadu.The South Zone Board of Continuing Education has connection with NGOs those work for the promotion of Health, Animal Husbandry, Hearty Culture, Agriculture, Social Forestry, Rural Development, Social Welfare and Information and Education. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education has proposed to carry out the extension programmes during current year such as dissemination of technology to the community people, sensitization programme on social and economic issues, improvement of slow learners, enhancing employability of the youth from non-formal sector, guidance and counseling to rural youth and imbibing vocational skills to neo-literates for self sufficiency. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education, is to inter & Intra NGO collaboration programmes to raise the Human Development Index of the community through appropriate intervention programmes and Networking with Community based organization. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education strength lies in its vertical and horizontal mobility in achieving Inter and Intra Development activities. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education offers course in the field of Adult and Continuing Education.The South Zone Board of Continuing Education proposes to link the Community College system of Tamilnau Open University for offering a curriculum fitted to the needs of the local community. In the developing countries like India the Community College refers to an alternative system of Education, which is aimed at the empowerment of the disadvantaged groups and the underprivileged groups through appropriate skills development leading to gainful employment in collaboration with local industry and local community and achieves skills for employment and self employability of the disadvantaged and underprivileged group of people. The system is ‘of’ the community, ‘for’ the community and ‘by’ the community to produce responsible citizens. The proposed Community College will promote job-oriented, work related, skill-based and life-coping education. It provides education for a livelihood. It responds to the challenges of exclusion and elimination from the formal system, mismatch between education and employment capability, poverty and problems of unemployment, under-employment, unemployability and school dropouts. The Proposed Community College promotes job oriented, work related, skill - based and life coping education, including Life Coping Skills and Communication Skills. OZONE instituted I. Knowledge Connectivity KALAM Award, 2.Quality of life Improvement KALAM Award, 3.Community Outreach KALAM Award and 4.Equalancey Education KALAM Award. The award carries a citation and Poonadai and will be honoured by Celebrities.
K.Govindaraju, Chairman, OZONE