“In the past three years, Ignou has had over two lakh students in about 600 community colleges pursuing vocational education, skill development and work integrated learning,” announced VN Rajasekharan Pillai, VC, Ignou. One of the major initiatives that Ignou introduced in the 11th Plan is the community college scheme for skill development. National Knowledge Commission and the Planning Commission of India, had recommended this scheme and delineated the approaches for achieving enhanced levels of skilled and certified workforce. Pondicherry University is now augmenting the community colleges by appointing faculty and creating other facilities. In Tamil Nadu, state universities like Manonmaniam Sundanar University, Tirunelveli and very recently, all the state universities in Tamil Nadu have decided to start 10 community colleges each. Open University of China (OUC) offers full-time, part-time and spare-time two-year and three-year degree programmes in addition to various modular, certificate and diploma programmes. The two-year degrees are analogous to the community colleges in the US, Canada and Australia, and to the advanced diploma programmes in the UK and European postsecondary education system.