(A Govt. of Gujarat initiative)
Introduction : SCOPE (Society for Creation of Opportunity through Proficiency in English) has been setup by the Government of Gujarat to build English language proficiency in the youth of Gujarat and thereby create employment opportunities for them. It is one of the most successful PPP models in the state with an established network of 300+ centers through five Zonal Training Partners (ZTPs) for the purpose of providing English language training to candidates. More than 700 institutions of higher education are also SCOPE centres. SCOPE programme is centred on three challenges of education – Access, Equity and Quality.
Assessment and Certification by Cambridge University : To enhance the employability and to showcase the proficiency of English, SCOPE has roped in Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge, UK as assessment partner. Cambridge English exams are the world’s leading range of certificates for learners of English. The English Language Training programme is being developed on the Common European Framework (Level A1 to C2) of Reference. SCOPE has fully adopted Computer based and Online Exams called BULATS (Listening, Reading and Speaking) and CPT (Listening, Reading). There are multiple exam cycles in a year.
Affordability : Fee from level A1 to level B2 training is kept at Rs. 1550/- (taxes extra) under PPP model. This includes training to candidate, course material, assessment & certification. SCOPE’s OAS (Open Assessment Scheme) is for students only wherein they can pay a nominal fee of Rs. 350/- for ‘A’ level exam and Rs. 600/- for ‘B’ level exam. Providing course material or training material is not mandatory. However, colleges have option of providing them training and material at a fee of Rs. 750/- for ‘A’ level and Rs. 1200/- for ‘B’ level exam which is much cheaper than prevailing rates of other private institutes.
Student Centric : On an average, 70,000 to 80,000 candidates appear in SCOPE examination every year. The number of enrollments in SCOPE programme has already crossed 5,00,000 so far. Out of this, the candidates enrolled under OAS and DELL (Digital Education and Learning Laboratory) scheme, called institutional mode of learning, are given special privileges and discounts. The centres of ZTPs (Zonal Training Partners) are graded at every quarter by an external agency which is called Quality Assurance Cell.
Digital Infrastructure in Colleges (DELL) : SCOPE is also the implementing agency for DELL (Digital Education and Learning Labs) setup in government and grant-in-aid colleges across the state. In this scheme, the complete infrastructure including furniture, computer systems, server, LAN, softwares, AV facility and manpower support is provided.
Case Study by IIM, Ahmedabad : Prof. Vijaya Sherry Chand of IIMA has done a case study on SCOPE programme (No. IIMA/RJMC0021) describing novel features of SCOPE training, its reach to remote places and the employment opportunities it provides.
SCOPE is state’s flagship society to enhance and assess language skills of people of Gujarat at an affordable cost with an international certification. More details can be found on website www.scopegujarat.org.