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Future Kerala brand awards 2018 - the skills promoting brand of kerala

Dr. Sethumadhavan, Director, UL education & Indian Institute of Infrastructure and Construction (IIIC), Kollam receiving Future Kerala Brand Award 2018 - The Skills Promoting Brand of Kerala from Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, Honourable British Deputy High Commissioner Chennai. Also seen are: T.P Seetharam, IFS, former ambassador of India to UAE & Executive Vice President, Sobha Ltd and Ranjith Srivenkatesh, Managing Editor, Future Kerala financial daily.

ULCCS in association with The British Council launched Training Programme for Teachers (ULCCS & British council launched training program for teachers)

ULCCS as part of making schools as Centres of Excellence and social commitment launched training programme for teachers in association with British Council. ULCCS is implementing Integrated School Development Project in Madappally Schools. The project envisages to create Centres of Excellence at Madappally High School, Madappally Girls Higher Secondary School, Boys High School and Vocational Higher Secondary School. It envisages developing skills both among teachers and students and to improve educational awareness among all stakeholders including parents. Improving English Proficiency, communication skills, soft skills, analytical and learning skills are some of the focus areas of this project. ULCCS launched a continuous training program with British Council on 19th December at Madappally Government High School. While inaugurating the programme, Sri.Rameshan Paleri, Chairman, ULCCS Ltd suggested that ULCCS is planning for making more educational institutions at state, national and international level. Major focus areas are employability and skill development. While delivering the presidential address Director, UL Education, Dr. T.P Sethumadhavan suggested that in the era where the global village concept is emerging across the globe, English proficiency and communication will facilitate teachers to provide world class education among students. “Soft skill development and English Proficiency are emerging as the major cardinals for getting appropriate job position in the emerging career market”. He added.

Mrs. Santhosh Agarwal of British Council suggested that continuous improvement in English communication will facilitate to make excellent teachers, which in turn will benefit the students. During the first phase of the training, 20 teachers from Madappally Schools are participating in the programme. Learner centered Classroom, outcome focus lesson planning, classroom management, English reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation, focus on digital resources in the classroom, empowering them to use computer and technology more effectively are the major sessions in the training programme. Among those who felicitated the event include Sri. Shaju .S, Managing Director, ULCCS and Razy Abdulla, Executive Assistant, ULCCS, Principals and Head Masters of respective schools.

ULCCS to offer Graduateship programmes for engineering graduates

ULCCS (Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society) based at Kerala is pursuing with UK universities for offering Graduateship programmes for engineering graduates. As part of the same, senior officials of ULCCS discussed with UK universities in Wales, Scotland and London for a meaningful collaboration. At a time when skill development is acquiring momentum across the globe, UK Universities are offering customised skill development programmes oriented towards unemployed youths. UK institutions are offering different qualification frameworks like Scotland Credit and Qualification Framework, National Occupational Standards for vocational, undergraduate, graduate and higher national diploma. Most of the courses are in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics which can provide appropriate job positions in construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, IT, ITeS and other services sectors. A team of senor officials under the leadership of Dr T.P. Sethumadhavan, educational and career consultant and Director, UL Education, visited UK institutions during November 2017 as part of Indian delegation facilitated through British Deputy High Commission. There are colleges in UK fully devoted to skill development programmes. NPTC College in Wales and Glasgow Kelvin College in Glasgow provide appropriate skill development programmes in construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, automobile and other sectors so as to position students to cater employment opportunities across the globe. Most of the institutes are giving 80% weightage to hands-on training and 20% to theory sessions.

University of West of Scotland (UWS) is offering value-added graduate programs for the engineering graduates in the areas of construction management with digital engineering, advanced computing, information and network security etc. along with courses on entrepreneurship management. ULCCS (Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society) is pursuing for offering Graduateship programmes for engineering graduates in order to improve employability through industry interface. ULCCS officials held a discussion with Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Andrew Disbury, Vice-Principal. Craig Mahoney, the Vice Chancellor, UWS, suggested that Scotland is looking for long-term partnerships with Indian educational institutions in the form of faculty exchange, student exchange and advanced skill development and twinning programs. Students can learn from the project sites of ULCCS and will also get the opportunity to get training from UWS Scotland. This programme will facilitate engineering graduates to get an international career development programme and placement. Of the total engineers in the world, 15% are from India. It has been envisaged to enhance this to 20% by 2020. Graduateship programme will facilitate to achieve this target, he added. Indian delegation visited Scottish Qualification Authority and discussed about the international accreditation/certification activities for academic, vocational, work-based programmes. Mr.Kishor Kumar TK, Razy Abdulla and Rohan Prabhakar from ULCCS also attended the meeting.

UK’s higher education and Skills bill will benefit Indian Students

UK’s new higher education and skills bill will favour international students; says Ms. Susan Garden, Deputy Education Minister and Liberal Democrat leader. She made this suggestion while addressing the Indian delegation at House of Lords, British Parliament on 21st November 2017. Delegation include representatives from Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society, Confederation of Indian Industry, Calicut University and International Skill Development Corporation and Labour Party leader and Deputy Opposition leader, UK Lord Dholakia attended the meeting.

Educational and career consultant and Director of UL Education Dr. T.P. Sethumadhavan raised the apprehensions of Indian Students after the ban on Post study work visa. He suggested that increasing cost of education and absence of post study work (PSW) visa affect Indian students and they are compelled to pursue higher education from countries other than the UK. Large number of science, technology, engineering and Mathematics students are eagerly waiting for revoke of PSW visa in order to get higher education from UK since UK excels in cutting edge technology and world class institutions globally. Technology, Entrepreneurship, startups and skill development are some of the areas where India is exhibiting spectacular growth; Sethumadhavan added. Graduateship programme for graduates, Entrepreneurship development programme, promotion of startups, twinning programme between UK and Indian institutions will facilitate to provide umpteen job opportunities. Deputy Opposition Leader Lord Dholakia suggested that there are huge opportunities for skill development in India since more than 51 percent Indians are under the age of 26 years. Innovation, digitalisation, e commerce, technology and productivity enhancement programmes will position India as one among the fastest growing economy in the world; he added.

Deputy education minister and opposition leader suggested that the new bill unanimously approved by democrats and labour party will be a boon for Indian students. It will pave way for more number of India UK collaborations in the areas of Research, higher education, entrepreneurship and skill development programme. UK leaders suggested that Brexit reforms will favour Indian students since more career opportunities will be available after exit of European Union from UK. Kishorkumar.TK, Razy Abdulla and Rohan Prabhakar from ULCCS attended the meeting.

UL education will offer skill development programmes under India-UK Partnerships in the State

Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society-ULCCS’S new initiative, UL Education will collaborate with UK Sector skill councils in the areas of skill development in construction, infrastructure, services including IT and IT enabled services. There will be Technical, Supervisory and Managerial courses for potential stakeholders. British Deputy High Commission, British Council and UK Sector Skill Councils will form a consortium and offer add on courses for the unemployed youth. UL education will concentrate on Employability skills; Industry led training, innovation in English language Training, Curriculum and Content development, Accreditation and Certification services, establishing National occupational standards and developing International recognized qualifications. Meeting was held at Hotel Taj Malabar, Kochi on 18th September 2017 with British Deputy High Commission officials in Which Chairman ULCCS Sri.Ramesan. P, Managing Director Shaju and Director (UL Education) Dr.T.P.Sethumadhavan participated.

UL education is planning to promote entrepreneurship, start-ups, higher education, finishing schools including massive open online courses, global schools, skill development, etc in the state. UL education will collaborate with Cambridge English language assessment and British council to create and deliver world class English language learning materials and examinations. Globally over 4 million people across 135 countries undertake Cambridge assessments every year. It supports the stakeholders especially students and teachers with valuable learning resources including printed materials, CDs and online information. Moreover it will facilitate professional development of the English language teachers through country wide face to face and webinar based teacher development programmes, research activities and participation in educational conferences. English proficiency is considered as the key skill for employability and higher wages. However out of 1.2 billion people in the country only 100 million are estimated to have spoken English skills. Stand-alone and contextualised English language requirement programmes will improve the employability of students. the employability of students especially graduates including engineering graduates.

ULCCS aims to develop Centre of Excellence in School education

Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society’s (ULCCS) new initiative UL Education will facilitate integrated development of Schools in the State. The objective is to create Centre of Excellence in Education. ULCCS is trying to promote employability of students and to facilitate world class education facilities in the State. Moreover ULCCS will implement twinning programmes with overseas institutions of repute in the State. As part of the project Madappally schools of Kozhikode district were identified for the pilot project. The projects will be implemented in Madappally Boys and girls High schools, higher secondary schools and Vocational Higher secondary school. A consultative workshop with teachers and PTA was held at Madappally on 21st September 2017.ULCCS will facilitate to implement the project with the funding support from State and Central Government, British council, Cambridge English, local self-governments, etc.

The project envisages to concentrate on implementing appropriate interventions in communication, English proficiency, logical and analytical skills, teachers training, library and informatics, environmental issues, water conservation, palliative care, athletics, sports, general knowledge, content or subject based issues, sanitation and waste management , identification of interests, aptitude for selection of courses, decision making and entrance examinations. British council and Cambridge English will be involved to train teachers on English communication and improving the English proficiency of students. Parents will be given orientation towards decision making, educational awareness and career guidance programmes. The programme will promote skill development, student entrepreneurship and start-ups.

The programme will facilitate to implement training programme for the teachers under TOT mode. ULCCS will scale up this project across the state after completion of the pilot project. This will be initially extended towards Kozhikode district and then towards the State. Students of primary, upper primary, high school, higher secondary and vocational schools will benefit through this project. ULCCS will sign MoU with British council, Cambridge English and British Deputy High Commission for implementing the project. Infrastructure development projects will be implemented with the assistance from District, Block and Grama panchayats in the respective schools.

ULCCS Chairman Sri.Remeshan Paleri received the first Sanghashakthi award

Sri.Remeshan Paleri, Chairman ULCCS Ltd, has been chosen for the first Sangha Shakthi Award organized by Baharain Keraleeya Samaajam. Minister of Public Works, Government of Kerala G. Sudhakaran, handed over the award to Shri. Remeshan Paleri in Bahrain on 20th October. The organizers of Bahrain Keraleeya Samaajam suggested that Paleri Remeshan is a person who has written his own tales of success in the Co-operative sector through Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society. “His experiments in the field have all been a success and it is our pride to choose him for the prime Sangha Shakthi puraskkaram.” They added.

Mr. Remeshan took over as chairman of the group in 1995, at the age of 35. As chairman, Mr. Remeshan has taken the ULCCS group to higher ambits. His wise moves played the key role for the society to overcome many crises. As an empathetic leader, he had a foresight for the revamping society and moved accordingly. He was the driving force behind the growth of the society to the infrastructure giants in the state, with ample space in all the relevant sectors of the day, including IT and Education.

He has also been chosen for other prestigious awards including, Indira Gandhi Sadbhavana award in 2005,Co-operative Excellence Award-2008 by the National Co-operative Development Corporation, New Delhi, “Karma Rathna Puraskar 2008” awarded by Indo-Arab Confederation Council.. Kerala Koumudi Award for “Vyakathi Mudra in service”, Raamaashramam Uneerikutty Award and Arangil Sreedharan Award.

Orientation programme for teachers held as part of ISD Madappally Project

Teachers can play a key role in identifying the interest and aptitude of students while pursuing for higher education; says Dr.T.P.Sethumadhavan, Educational Consultant and Director of UL-Education. He made this statement while delivering the key note address during the Orientation programme for Teachers at ULCCS Auditorium, Vadakara on 25th October 2017. Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society ULCCS organised this programme as part of Integrated School Development Project (ISD Project) of Madappally Schools. In the era of globalisation and information and communication technology lot of changes are taking place across the country in the career market. Automation, internet of things, machine earning, artificial intelligence, cloud services and massive open online courses are emerging across the globe. Services sector supersedes primary agriculture and secondary industry sectors in the country. Teachers and parents should realise the changing trends in education and to identify prospective courses which can generate employment opportunities during the coming decades.

ULCCS identified Madappally boys and Girls High Schools, Higher Secondary Schools and Vocational Higher Secondary School as part of developing them as Centre of Excellence in education. While releasing the Compendium for the teachers training programme, Rameshan Paleri, Chairman ULCCS suggested that major thrust will be given to improving the quality education at different levels of learning and teaching situation.

Dr.K.P.Sreekumar, Director of International Co-operation, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University suggested that best role model for a student is teacher who not only takes care of academics but their life lessons as well. All teachers need to have an introspection about his teaching qualities. Dr.M.K.Madhusoodhanan, Associate Professor at NAM College, Kallekandy suggested that a teacher requires appropriate leadership qualities to excel in teaching. Prof. Chitra Gangadharan, Retd Principal, CKGM Govt College, Perambra suggested that interpersonal communication play a key role in building up an institution. Teachers need to be positive and cheerful, listen empathetically, show willingness to analyse and accept changes, be tolerant and flexible and develop trustworthiness and professionalism. Mr.Sandesh. E.P.A, Content Architect, UL Technology solutions while delivering a topic on ICT in education suggested that ICT provides an array of powerful tools that may help in transforming the teacher and text book centred class rooms in to effective student focussed interactive knowledge environments. 150 teachers attended the training programme. ULCCS is planning to scale up Madappally model across the state.