GOLS Successfully launched India's first GOLS | Academy Online Community College

GOLS Successfully launched GOLS | Academy Online Community College to offer Certificate, Diploma & Associate Degree Programs Under the Community College Scheme of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) yesterday (April 06, 2010)
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April 7, 2010 - PRLog -- New Delhi April 06, 2010 – GurukulOnline Learning Solutions (GOLS), the leader in eLearning Solutions in India has launched India’s first GOLS I Academy Online Community College under the Community College scheme of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).  Simultaneously, GOLS I Academy is also launching a unique online course to promote inclusive growth “English for Aam Aadm”.  The Launch ceremony was held in N Delhi, in the hands of Prof. Rajsekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor, and IGNOU.
GOLS I Academy promises to revolutionise education with several of its unique features:

1.   Closely integrated Job oriented vocational education with formal degree programs:  four e.g. whilst pursuing Associate Degree in Commerce, a student can study Certificate in Insurance sales- thus being eligible to be employed as Insurance advisor in Insurance Companies (Over 3 lakhs such jobs available every year) ,or can do Diploma in retail Banking and be eligible to work With Direct Sales Agents of Banks (wherein over 100,000 such jobs available every year) or can do diploma in Accounting & Taxation to work in Accounts and Taxation dept of any organization etc.

2.   Multiple exits, Multiple Entry:  Every six months of study, will enable students to obtain either certificate level qualification or higher.  Thus students can progress from certification, Diploma, Advance diploma and Associate Degree in that order.   The student can take a drop any time but can resume study by obtaining credits of what he has already achieved.  The student gets 6 years to complete Associate Degree and can take multiple exits, and multiple entry

3.   Possible to pursue these courses along with Higher Secondary and College Education – so as to make students job ready at end of  their Secondary Education  at any college or Graduate  of any other university.

4.    Provides truly ‘Students Centric” Learning. Students always learn from best faculties, any time and as many times they wish. Live Virtual Classroom to solve doubts, learn difficult topics and solve exams papers.  Archive Classes for those who missed classes also wants to revise.  Simulation for Lab exercise.  Discussion and Chat to provide additional collaborative features.  Assignments upload and checking provided.

5.   Easy entry not so easy Exits: Minimum qualification for Certificate, Diploma Programs is 8th standard and 10+2 for Associated Degree programs.   Strong academic supports with Rigorous Exam ensure high quality candidates coming out.

6.   Highly flexible with maximum duration of six years for Associated Degree Programs.

7.   Highly reasonable fees:  Rs.5000 for Certificate courses 6 months and Rs.20000/- Rs.25000/- for Associate Degree programs of 2 years

8.   Addressable Talent shortage Pool from our Education programs

Industry   Job Availability (In Lacs)
Wealth Management/ Personal Finance Advisors   1.00
Insurance Advisors   3.00
Retail Banking Professional /DSA   1.00
Accounting & Taxation   0.50
Capital Market Broking & Distribution Houses   1.00
Ethical Hacking   0.25
Technical Writer/Project Manager/ Content Developer   0.25
Total   *8.00
*Source: GOLS Internal Study

Under the Community College scheme, whilst academic and administration is the responsibility of the Community College, certification is done by IGNOU. GOLS I Academy is launching over 30 Certificate, diploma and Associate Degree programs.    Duration of the program varies between 3 months to 2 years.  After passing 2 years associate Degree program, the student can directly join 3rd year of bachelor’s degree program of IGNOU by rolling over the necessary credits. Various programs start twice year in July and January of every year.  The first such batch shall start its academic session on from intake in July 2010 for academic session. It will allow for the first time a complete student centric learning experience which is presently missing in majority of the distance learning programs. Presently on offer are following programs:

•   Credit qbvuf Based Programs: Associate Degree in Capital Markets/Financial Planning / Insurance / Banking/Accounts & Taxation /Wealth Management  etc
•   Non-Credit Certificate Courses  to create talent pool in significantly talent starved sector
•   Ethical Hacking
•   Network Security
•   Entry Level Certification for  Organised  Retail Technical Writing
•   Rapid  eLearning content development  program
•   Project Management
•   Finance for Non-Finance
•   Many more to come…

English for Aam Admi

•   Revolutionary course to empower masses
•   Anyone who can read Hindi, can speak Fluent English
•   Even those who cannot read Hindi, but only understand spoken Hindi, can still learn English through our highly researched spoken English course
•   Guaranteed to speak English, after first four hours of diligently learning Audio Lessons.
•   English Speaking for “Aam Aadmi” is specially designed for any individual, aspiring to communicate in English.  Be it Maid Servants, farmers, taxi drivers, Coolie, Homemaker (Housewife) etc.
•   Anyone from a vernacular background  or any student who has passed the 10th, 12th
•   Masses  from the tier II/III cities and rural areas
•   For the first time in history, all those mentioned above can aspire to get a “UNIVERSITY CERTIFICATION”
•   It is rendered in an effective medium wherein the learners will learn English through Hindi.
•   Being online, it offers high quality learning to All
•   Online Course is supported by tutors via Live Virtual Classroom
•    Proprietary Voice compression software allows voice upload and checking for various Voice &Accent Assignments even on a normal dial up.

Delivery Format:
•   The course is delivered online
•   The visuals are supported by detailed voiceovers in Hindi as well as English
•   Every module has tests and exercises to reinforce learning
•   The Conversational English Module, consisting of Audio Lessons available in CD/DVD format, which can be easily played on any computer, laptop or DVD/VCD player.
•   It can also be played on mobile phones supporting mp3 with internet connection.
•   The learners will be given a workbook which covers the entire content. It is supported by examples, tests and exercises which will help them to test their learning.  

Duration and Price: The course is of 3 months duration and is reasonable priced at Rs.2500/- under GOLS | Academy Online Community College Scheme

“This is a huge initiative we have taken not only to address talent shortage across industries but also across the country.  With our strong R & D skills and in depth knowledge in eLearning, we shall make a deep impact on how education is delivered.  It is an initiative to provide high quality education at affordable prices” said Shailesh H. Mehta, eLearning & Vocational Education Evangelist, Founder CEO, GOLS.  

The community college programs are priced as below:

•   Certificate: Rs. 5,000/-
•   Diploma: Rs.  10,000/-
•   Advance Diploma: Rs. 15,000/-
•   Associate Degree: Rs.  20,000 to 25,000/-

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The pioneer and innovator of eLearning in India, GurukulOnline Learning Solutions™ (GOLS) is today, a leader in this realm. At GOLS, we are driven by a single purpose - ‘to offer a learning experience on the web that is nothing less than revolutionary.’ We develop specialised solutions for corporate houses, educational institutions and retail students (B2C) in numerous spheres - synchronous and asynchronous learning, high-end strategy consulting, deployed blended learning, customised content development, cutting-edge web collaboration and more. Our expertise in each phase of the eLearning cycle–Consulting, Installation, Integration, Deployment, Training and Support is unmatched in the industry.

Our partnerships with leading institutions have given us an edge in numerous domains, such as Management, Organised Retail, Pharmaceutical & Bio-Tech, Capital Markets, Petroleum, BFSI, ITeS-BPO etc.
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