The Adult Education Unit, Chandigarh Administration has set up 400 Continuing Education Centers under National Policy of Education for Literacy of illiterates and neo-literates of 12 villages besides Labour colony & slum areas which are run by 400 Preraks. These 400 Preraks are further supervised by 40 Nodal Preraks thus having 10 Preraks under one Nodal Prerak. All these staff members are working with the unit on part-time basis.
2. AIMS OBJECTIVES
The main objectives of the scheme and the activities aimed under it include the following:-
The training of Nodal Preraks & Preraks and other functionaries of Continuing Education Center is given by the Regional Resource Center, Pb. Univ. Chandigarh and Jan Shikshan Sansthan etc. to acquaint them with the latest knowledge to run the centers effectively.
4. VOCATIONAL COURSES
Apart from the literacy, the learners are provided with free training in the following vocational courses:-
5. FINANCIAL ASPECT
The scheme of Continuing Education Project was started in 1999-2000.It is being 100% funded by Chandigarh Administration. At present it runs 190 Continuing Education Centers (CECs) to literate the illiterates of rural/slums dwellers of Chandigarh.
6. EQUIVALANCY PROGRAMME
Every year, under this Programme the eligible learners who wish to appear in the regular exams are allowed to take part in the examination free of cost for the classes as deemed fit.
7. SELF HELP GROUPS
To facilitate the learners to come forward in the society in their day today life, Self Help Groups have been started for them to get loan from the bank to start their establishment in different fields for which they have already got the training. At present 150 Self Help Groups are functioning out of which 8 have got the loan facility from the bank.