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MKSSS’s Dr. B. N. College of Architecture, Pune has received a funding of around 33000GBP under British Council’s Going Global Partnership programme. An Academia-industry consortium is formed among Liverpool John Moores University, UK; MKSSS’s Dr. B. N. College of Architecture, Pune, Pune Construction Engineering Research Foundation, and Rohan Developers Pvt. Ltd. The objective of the Going Global Partnership programme is to promote collaboration and innovation in teaching and learning and facilitate Transnational Education in Higher Education Institutions between India and the UK. The overarching aim of the Going Global Partnerships programme is to catalyse new teaching and learning partnerships that will allow more Indian students to experience the UK education system and global learning approaches. Dr. Anupa Manewa from LJMU, UK, applicant and Dr. Vaishali Anagal, BNCA, Pune, co-applicant had applied for research funding. 


The Indian construction industry is the second largest employer of the country that contributes 9% to the economy. The sector employs 44million workers; however, skill gaps in terms of both the shortage & mismatch is identified as one of dominant concerns which needs immediate attention. In fact, the new jobs are arriving into the market along with the innovative technologies, where reskilling/upskilling is needed to facilitate the market demand and the standards. The magnitude of the problem is further highlighted in ‘Future of Jobs in India’ (2022) by confirming that more than 50% of workforce will need to be reskilled to meet the demands of the evolving employability. Therefore, the skill demand and existing skill gap in the construction industry needs to be identified and appropriate mechanisms needs to be developed. 


Under this program, a one year post graduate diploma course will be developed to offer an apprenticeship programs offer a combination of education and skills to the student, create an innovative employer funded financing model. In a way, the linking the higher education degrees to the learning-by-doing and learning-while-earning will be possible to make higher education more inclusive and demand-driven. The National Education Policy India (2020) endorses apprenticeship schemes while claiming that the unemployability of graduates are higher than that of other youth.  


The programme aims to develop knowledge and skills hub and a top-up degree course to cater the skill crisis in Indian construction sector. The curriculum will be developed by identifying the skills gap through initial research in the construction industry. The apprentices will be given an option of completing their degrees either in India or UK. The course will be open for the students from both cognate and non-cognate disciplines. The students from deprived and disadvantaged communities, and differently abled, will be encouraged. 

Our Partners

Funding Agency


British Council, Going Global
Partnerships Program 

Academic Parners 

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Dr. B. N. College of Architecture, Pune

Dr Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture, popularly known as BNCA was established in 1994 to offer Bachelor of Architecture (B Arch), Master of Architecture (M Arch) and Doctorate programs (PhD) under Savitribai Phule Pune University. The institute was setup with a futuristic approach towards empowering women in architectural education and skills to make their mark on the globe.  

The vision of BNCA is to gradually evolve into a centre of international learning excellences that provides a value based, high-quality, globally oriented educational experience to our students. Dr. B. N. College of Architecture is more than 25 years old architectural institute imparting architectural education and working in close association with the industry to impart practical knowledge to the students. BNCA is keen in providing the state of art infrastructure for hands-on experience to the students and expose the students to site experiences. This is extremely essential to make the students market ready, employable, and ready to take challenges in the professional practice.  


Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is a public university in Liverpool, UK. In July 1823 an institution was founded which became the catalyst for an educational revolution in the city of Liverpool. The Liverpool Mechanics and Apprentices Library evolved into the Mechanics Institute and, through mergers and collaborative partnerships, eventually led to the establishment of Liverpool John Moores University in 1992. LJMU consist of 5 faculties namely Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies, Faculty of Business and Law, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Faculty of Health, and Faculty of Science, and caters to over 25,000 students from over 100 countries with about 2400 members of staff and 250 degree courses. 

Industry Parners 

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Pune Construction and Engineering Research Foundation, Pune

Pune Construction Engineering Research Foundation (PCERF), Pune, an NGO that was formed in 1983 by eminent industry professionals. PCERF's motto is `Education and Research' and membership of PCERF is `by invitation'. PCERF has been working in the Construction and allied industry domains, to promote Education, Skilling and Research to enhance the competence of all stakeholders.  

PCERF is working closely with Academia and more than FIFTEEN institutes have signed MoU with PCERF to facilitate syllabus development, provide practical knowledge sharing and research activities. Some of the key activities of PCERF includes organising Annual Vidyarthi Awards to provide practical approach among students of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Safety Awards to promote Safety at the ongoing Construction sites, Student Internship program, undertake R&D activities jointly with industry and academia to promote innovativeness, site visits, expert lecture series for knowledge sharing etc.  


PCERF has been organising Constro, an International Expo since 1985, with a motto `Education through Exhibition’. It is credited as the largest event of the construction industry in Western India. More than FORTY leading industry associations, academic institutes and government agencies are associated with PCERF for various activities. 

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Rohan Developers Pvt. Ltd., Pune

Rohan Builders, a well-respected organization in the Real Estate Development, Infrastructure Development and EPC Contracting sectors in India, was founded three decades ago by Mr. Suhas Lunkad. Today, the Rohan Group is a team of over 2,000 professionals with landmarks sprawling over 2 crore square feet across the country. It is consistently rated DA2+ by CRISIL, signifying the Group’s ability to execute projects as per specified quality, within timelines. All Rohan projects, residential, commercial or infrastructure, are characterized by innovative design, attention to detail, and modern conveniences, catering to the evolving needs and preferences of homebuyers and businesses. As a participant at the United Nations Global Compact, the Group stays dedicated in its sustainability efforts. It has also been certified as a Great Place to Work by the renowned GPTW organization. With vision far ahead in the future, Rohan Group continues to inspire and lead from the front. 

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