1. Orientation for LAYA Foundation in Visakhapatnam which wants to start Community Colleges for theTribals at AddateeglaMandal, East Godavari Dt in Andhra Pradesh. 20th and 21st of April 2016.

2. One-day consultation on “Skill Development: Global Trends and Best Practices” was organized by U.S. Consulate General, Chennai in collaboration with Indian Centre for Research and Development of Community Education on 25th July 2016 at Loyola College.

Dr. M.S. Jacob, S.J., Director, ICRDCE & Vice Principal commended that skill development initiatives enhance value of alternative credentials.  He traced the role of ICRDCE in empowering youth through skill development process and also welcomed the gathering. 

Dr. Arockiasamy Xavier, S.J.,  Principal, Loyola College felicitated the organizers for a timely seminar which will help the nation in terms of accomplishing its mission of  “Make in India”,   He also referred to skill development as a process that serves the college’s motto of “Let your Light Shine”.

Dr. M. Bhaskaran, Vice Chancellor, Tamilnadu Open University emphasized the importance of skill development as a powerful instrument to usher in prosperity for the entire nation.

Mr. Eric Lund, Cultural Affairs Officer, Office of U.S. Consulate General urged the participants to get the best from the wisdom of Dr. Constant. As Dr. Constant is the eminent expert in the area of workforce development he encouraged the audience to sponge out best and the crucial from the specialist.

Mr. Jambulinkam, Managing Trustee, Arise Foundation introduced the theme for the day. He remarked that skill development is most crucial in present day context considering the thrust given by the Government of India on the “Make in India” call.  He was of the view that present day challenges in manpower can be addressed only by comprehensive and focused initiatives concerning workplace development.


Dr. Louay Constant made an exhaustive presentation on the theme “Skill Development: Global Trends and Best Practices". Major parts of the deliberations classified into three key areas.
- Workforce development
- Technical and vocational education and training (TVET)
- Other considerations in skills development

Mr. Joseph Johnson, Centre Manager, ICRDCE proposed vote of thanks. The Whole programme was moderated by Mr. Anto Vincent, Former Vice President, Ford India




1. "One day Consultation on Community Colleges" organised by Sona College of Technology, Salem in collaboration with ICRDCE, Chennai on 15th May 2015, 25 participants participated.

2. "Two day Consultation on Community Colleges" organised by Congregation of Apostolic Carmel at Generalate Bangalore in collaboration with ICRDCE, Chennai on 15th May 2015, 25 participants participated.



1. Workshop on Community Colleges at Rasipuram Franciscan Sisters - 20th April, 2012 - 20 Participants.

2. Conference for Grass Root Level Workshop building sustainable Community Justice at IGL, Salem - 15th May, 2012 - 250 Participants.

3. National Conference on Higher Education Challenges and Issues -175th Years of Madras Christian College, Chennai, " Role of Community Colleges in India " - 24th July, 2012 - 175 Participants.

4. Workshop on Community Colleges organised by American University of India (AUI), Kodaikanal-1st October, 2012. - 40 Participants.

5. Regional Seminar on Community Colleges promoted by MHRD for Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka held at Bangalore - 12th September, 2012 - 50 Participants.




1. Open University Vice Chancellors' conference on "Open Universities in India: Challenges and Prospects" organised by Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University, Kota, Rajasthan on 4th and 5th of Juanuary 2010.