- 15 December, 2017:
Some two thousand beneficiaries of the National Cooperative College’s (NCC) different entrepreneurship training programmes, conducted across Mauritius in the course of the year 2016 and 2017, were awarded certificates yesterday during a ceremony held at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Moka. The Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mr Soomilduth Bholah, and the Director of the NCC, Mr Gheeanduth Seechurn, were present.
On that occasion, Minister Bholah underlined that the cooperative movement in Mauritius plays an important role in the socio-economic development of Mauritius, with 1,200 registered cooperative societies with more than 80,000 active members, and with annual turnover of more than Rs 5.5 billion. He highlighted the need to professionalise the movement so as to meet expectations while adding that several measures are being taken in view of consolidating and modernising the sector with particular focus on education and capacity building of cooperative societies.
Referring to the NCC which is an important institution for education and continuous training in the cooperative sector, Minister Bholah highlighted that around 4,000 people have been trained in 2017, amongst which 2,030 were unemployed women. Some 24 courses are being dispensed by the NCC out of which 15 are MQA registered. New courses, he underlined, will be introduced next year namely the Certificate in Cooperative Management and Diploma in Cooperative Management.
He underpinned that the NCC which is an emerging and burgeoning institution strongly needs institutional guidance and support to forge ahead. In a bid to share experience and benefit from expertise of professional institutions the NCC is striving to seek collaboration of both local and foreign tertiary education institutions, he added.
At the local level, the NCC is in negotiation with the University of Mauritius for collaboration in the field of research on entrepreneurship, the University of Technology of Mauritius for collaboration to run award courses, and the Open University of Mauritius for on-line training, he added. At the international level, the NCC has already entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vamnicom, the national council for cooperative training in Pune, which has a wide and long-standing experience in the field of cooperative education. A second MoU with Cooperative College of Malaysia is in the process of finalisation and will be signed in early 2018.
For his part, the Director of NCC, Mr Gheeanduth Seechurn, stated that following the proclamation of the Cooperatives Act 2016 in May 2017 and the change of name of National Institute for Co-operative Entrepreneurship into NCC, a new logo for NCC has been designed and is being currently used.
A user-friendly and inter-active website has already been set up to serve as a means of information sharing and on-line training, he said, while adding that the website will be officially launched next year. He underlined that the NCC building is being renovated and will be inaugurated in 2018.
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