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Dr Reddy's Foundation begins college for poor

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Hyderabad , Nov. 5

AIMED at providing cost-free, livelihood-oriented education to the deserving deprived urban adolescents, Dr Reddy's Foundation (DRF), a social arm of Dr Reddy's Laboratories, started Kallam Anji Reddy Vocational Junior College here on Wednesday.

Given its commitment to the cause of the underprivileged, the college was recognised by the Board of Intermediate Education, the Foundation said in a press release.

The courses were designed keeping in mind the needs of young people as well as preparing them to face the realistic expectations from the world of work with an appropriate mix of academics, life skills, technical skills, workplace preparedness skills, service-learning activities and extra-curricular activities, the release said.

The Director of Intermediate Education and Secretary of Board of Intermediate Education, Mr Shashank Goel, inaugurated the college. He said the State Government was planning to introduce bridge courses for the students from the vocational stream to pursue further studies in professional courses.

The Government was also planning to introduce short-term courses of three months, six months and one year for the 10th class dropouts, which can fetch them suitable employment on the basis of the skills they learn, he said.

According to Dr Kallam Anji Reddy, the Chairman of Dr Reddy's Foundation, the goal of the Foundation was to create a million jobs by the end of current decade.

DRF acts as a catalyst of change to foster, develop and promote sustainable public-private partnership initiatives that were engaged with shaping young lives of deprived urban children and youth.

"Our Children and Police (CAPS) programme started six years ago for street children has been a success and Livelihood Advancement Business School (LABS) has made an impact by developing marketable skills amongst young adults from economically weak background for them to assimilate into the competitive job market.

To get credibility to LABS, we have taken initiative to get accreditation for LABS from an International agency - International Vocational Qualification, UK," Dr Reddy said.

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