The British Council, the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities, signed an Operating Alliance Agreement (OAA) on September 23, 2022 with the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women under the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department, Government of Tamil Nadu for the DDU-GKY scheme.
The OAA signed by S. Divyadharshini, IAS, Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women (TNCDW), Government of Tamil Nadu, and Janaka Pushpanathan, Director, South India, British Council, aims to enhance cooperation between the state of Tamil Nadu and the United Kingdom.
OAA will facilitate the development of a sustainable solution to improve the communicative skills of learners and the teaching methodology of teachers under the DDU-GKY program.
The program will focus on government actors and rural youth aged 15-35 who are beneficiaries of the DDU-GKY scheme. This is in line with CM’s mega scheme, “Naan Mudhalvan”, launched in March this year, which aims to equip around 10 lakh youths across the state every year.
Under the OAA, the British Council will enable the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women under the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Government of Tamil Nadu, the agency responsible for implementing various sponsored programs by the centre, financed by the State and external. helped programs for job creation, social and economic empowerment of women, among other key functions, to develop a special program for the training of educators in collaboration with the main universities and higher education institutions in the Kingdom -United.
The British Council is already working with the state of Tamil Nadu to deliver programs to improve the English skills of young people and teachers in the state, through other existing partnerships.
Most recently, in August, the British Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Industry and Commerce, Government of Tamil Nadu, to upgrade government officials in English according to their level of proficiency.
Promoting academic excellence through curriculum reforms and faculty training in tertiary institutions (HEIs) in Tamil Nadu is also a priority area to support the internationalization of HEIs in the state. This new OAA will be a new addition to the British Council’s work to set quality standards for teaching and learning English in the state.
Minister of Rural Development, Government of Tamil Nadu KR Periyakaruppan said
“The State of Tamil Nadu and the British Council have worked together successfully over the past 12 years. We have worked on extensive language development programs for teaching and learning and capacity building programs in our universities. I am extremely pleased that Tamil Nadu is the first state to engage with the British Council under the DDU-GKY scheme.”
“The specially tailored training for faculty will help them improve their teaching methodologies and deliver high-quality English learning. We believe this initiative will enable trainers to be more effective and deliver quality to students under the DDU-GKY scheme,” Periyakaruppan added.
Janaka Pushpanathan, Director, South India, British Council said:
“The state of Tamil Nadu and the UK have a long-standing relationship in education and research. We are excited to work with the state, once again, to enable them to realize their ambitions for knowledge and economic growth by preparing their teachers and young people to succeed with great communication skills and by opening the doors to new opportunities.
This partnership will further support our existing initiatives and provide enhanced credentials to young aspirants in Tamil Nadu.
Since 2009, the British Council has taught English lessons to thousands of learners through its English Learning Center in Chennai. Today, this initiative builds on the work of the British Council to create opportunities for students and develop teachers through the DDU-GKY programme.
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