As part of US-India collaboration in the areas of development and education, an American english language skill course has been launched in Patna for students hailing from economically disadvantaged section of the society. The US Consul General in Kolkata Craig Hall inaugurated the first ever English Access Microscholarship Programme (Access) programme in Bihar which is supported by the US Department of State.
What is the objective?
The global programme through after-school classes would provide foundation of english language skills to talented students in the age category of 13-20 year hailing from economically disadvantaged background.
Who will manage this?
The Access programme here will be managed by a non-governmental body Association for Promotion of Creative Learning (APCL).
Selection of students
A total of 100 bright students have been selected for the first course. Patron of APCL Vijay Prakash said that the 100 students have been selected from rural areas of Bihar who mostly belong to Below Poverty Line (BPL) category.
About the Programme
In India, the US English Access programme consists of 180 hours of english language instruction during each academic year and a 30-hour summer intensive course.
The students will be taught english by trained teachers who use current task-based, skills-oriented,learner-centred approaches to emphasis active learning.