The programme runs into PPP (Public Private Partnership) and ITP (Institutional Training Partnership) model and has more than 900+ training centres across state.
It is the most successful project of Govt. of Gujarat where all stakeholders are in profit. The BEP for a training centre is achieved by running an initial batch of 10 candidates only.
SCOPE is conducting online exam of international standard (Cambridge University) at such a mass scale which is unique in the world. SCOPE conducts exam in almost every talukas of the state. Major highlights of the programme are:• PPP centres are controlled through Five Zonal Training Partners (ZTPs).
• Presence in all districts of Gujarat.
• International Certification by Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge, UK.
• Enhancing the employability and showcasing the proficiency of English.
• BULATS equivalency to IELTS and other international tests.
• Training of 90 hours at each level - face to face classroom training as well as practice on; computers using language learning softwares.
• Training programme is being developed on the Common European Framework (Level A1 to C2, six levels) of Reference.
• Quality Assurance Cell (QAC) to grade SCOPE centres in A, B & C categories.
• Online MIS (Management Information System) for various processes.
• By March 2016, SCOPE had already crossed more than 4,95,000 enrolments.
SCOPE implements its programmes through two models – 1. PPP (Public Private Partnership) model, 2. Constituents of Higher Education i.e. colleges through its OAS (Open Assessment Scheme) and assessment with training in DELL lab. It tries to bring in efficiency of the private sector with the wide reach and infrastructure of government. Many centres of SCOPE are already running in the premises of schools and colleges. It also has a significant presence of private centres who deliver this programme from their own training centres. SCOPE has established a network of more than 350 active centres through five Zonal Training Partners (ZTPs) across Gujarat for the purpose of providing English language training to candidates. SCOPE has its presence in all districts in Gujarat with significant presence in four major cities like Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Baroda and Surat. It is envisaged that all management and technical colleges under Commissionerate of Technical Education will be SCOPE centres in due course of time.
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 the assessment and certification partner. The Cambridge English examinations are recognized by various employers, universities & colleges, professional bodies, ministries & government organizations throughout the world including visa applications at UK.
The B level course offered by SCOPE (called BULATS Online) is now recognised for Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the Points Based Immigration by the UK Border Agency for visa applications and for Partner Visas.
Structure of programme and fee
The English Language Training programme is being developed on the Common European Framework of Reference which is mapped with ALTE levels.
Six level of courses:
Basic : A1, A2
Advanced : B1, B2
Proficient : C1, C2
To make the course accessible to all, the fee structure is fairly reasonable and affordable.
Fees for levels:
A1 to level A2 courses is kept at 1550/- (Taxes Extra).
B1 to level B2 courses is kept at 1800/- (Taxes Extra).
C1 to level C2 courses is kept at 2200/- (Taxes Extra).
Premium level (corporate sector) 3200/- (Taxes Extra).
Even at these levels, it has been ensured that it is profitable for the training centres as well as the Zonal Partners. This includes training, course materials, exam coordination, assessment and certification. For the college students who just want to assess their current level of English proficiency or who want to have a credible certification in their resume, SCOPE has devised a very innovative arrangement.
Under OAS, fees for college students are mentioned below:
A level - CPT - 350/-
B or above level - BULATS (Listening & Reading) - 600/-
BULATS Speaking (included in BULATS Listening and Reading but not in CPT)- 250/-
Rest of the amount remains with college for administration and incidental expenses.
Under fat assessment scheme where, Training is provided to the students
750/- A level ( 400/- to remain with institute as training cost)
1200/- B or C level course ( 600/- to remain with institute as training cost)
It gives them a chance to benchmark themselves at the international standards in English language at a very nominal price. For delivery of course a syllabus of international standards has been adopted and the materials for the same is used to train candidates. SCOPE also provides audio-visual material for training. SCOPE has also provided infrastructural support in terms of LCD projector and computer to many of the centres for enhancing the quality of training.
A QAC agency has been identified by SCOPE to grade the centres and keep a check and balance on the quality of deliverables. Based on various parameters and physical onsite visit by QAC personnels, centres are graded as A, B or C. Three consecutive attainment of grade C qualifies a centre to be deactivated by SCOPE authorities.
To create awareness of these programmes among general public, Government of Gujarat has played an active role in advertising courses and associated benefits through various modes of dissemination. Print media like newspaper, pamphlets, brochures, hoarding etc. has been used along with electronic media like cable Ads, radio jingles and lecture telecast through BISAG. The government's role has been in administering the advertisement campaign, assessment and certification, quality assurance activities and generating placement opportunities for pass outs. Private partners have to look after the delivery of training and enrolling candidates.
Normally SCOPE conducts exam at every fourth month i.e. three exam cycles in a year. 'A' level exam is held across Gujarat at various locations on a single day. It is conducted in multiple choice question formats. The exam is conducted even at the remote places of state so that candidates don't have to travel too far. 'B' level exam is now taken as Computer Based Test (CBT), which is more comprehensive and adaptive test. Digital Education and Learning Labs established at various colleges are used to conduct this test. SCOPE has also started conducting online speaking test from January 2011 exam session. Probably this is the first time in India that such a test is conducted on such a wide scale reaching out to the candidates at every nook and corner of the state. A number of 14,205 candidates appeared for online BULATS speaking test for January and February exam sessions.
SCOPE not only provides learning opportunities but also placement opportunities for its pass out candidates. SCOPE has signed MoU with Azure Knowledge Corporation, No.1 KPO/BPO of Vodafone, during Vibrant Gujarat Summit to provide employment opportunities to students who pass out SCOPE exam. Following are the highlights of MoU:1. SCOPE pass outs will directly appear in second round of interview. They are exempted from very first round of interview.
2. Azure will absorb 1000-1200 scope candidates every month provided they meet the criteria of minimum qualification of Azure and clear interview.
3. Azure will conduct training sessions for the unqualified candidates to empower and train them for next round of interview.
The English language Programme is being developed on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) which is as follows: COUNCIL OF EUROPE LEVELS C2 (ALTE 5) C1 (ALTE 4) B2 (ALTE 3) B1 (ALTE 2) A2 (ALTE 1) A1 (ALTE BREAKTHROUGH) Level I to V of the SCOPE's programme will map to the levels A1 to C1 of the common European Framework. Out of which levels I, II and III will be available at all centres and levels IV and V will be available to the select few centres which demonstrate the competency to deliver the Programme successfully. Levels IV and V will be launched after six months of the launch of the Programme. Each level covers the following learning areas: listening, reading, speaking and grammar. Within each learning area there are a range of online tools designed to provide students with the pedagogical support needed to effectively and independently work in that learning area; for example, the audio version of written texts, the translation option, the dictionary, and the visual aids.
The listening section is designed to enhance student's comprehension of aural input through exposure to a variety of listening segments (video clips, television shows, radio programs, voicemail messages etc.) .
The reading section is designed to expose students to different text types (stories, ads, letters, postcards and articles) with emphasis on reading strategies: guessing words from context identifying main idea, keywords, etc.
The Speaking section consists of real life dialogues set in everyday situations, with an emphasis on functional language for daily use.