New College Nottingham to Create Unique Academy in India

New College Nottingham (NCN) has signed an historic agreement to establish the first vocational training academy of its kind in India in response to the country’s skills shortage at almost every level of its economy.

In partnership with Batra Group, the New College Nottingham International Lifestyles Academy will deliver world-class higher level technical education for up to 1,000 students in New Delhi by September 2012, modeled on NCN’s own successful vocational offer. The Academy will initially focus on ‘lifestyles’ curriculum incorporating hospitality, retail & logistics, media and fashion, and will also offer teacher training and advanced English language provision.

With service sector skills shortage a major constraint to growth, enhancing the technical skills of 500 million people over the next ten years remains one of the biggest challenges to support India’s Economic Growth Strategy.

Nick Whitehouse, NCN Dean of Higher Education & International Development, said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with colleagues from the long-established and highly respected Batra Group on this innovative project which is a milestone in NCN’s strategy to develop international vocational education. Our academy model has the potential to be replicated across India.”

Dhruv Batra, Director of the Batra Group, added: “The Batra Group has been a front runner in providing education to deserving learners in India over the last few decades. The NCN International Lifestyles Academy will attempt to create a platform that will infuse international academic standards and best practices to link together Indian industry and education.”

Amarjit Basi, NCN Principal & Chief Executive, said: “This entrepreneurial venture not only supports India’s National Skills Development Policy focus on employer-led, skills-based training, but it also aligns with NCN’s mission to be a college famed for supporting economic development, mobilising communities and transforming lives.”