College Supports Ludhiana Polytechnic to Gain SQA Approval

Our picture shows (l to r): Peter Brown – Lecturer; Anne Porter – Head of Faculty Engineering, Construction and Science; Alan Inglis – Vice Principal Curriculum & Quality Enhancement; Rahul Gupta – Managing Director of Ludhiana Polytechnic College; Alastair Shaw – Head of International, SQA; and, Alastair McGhee – Head of Business Development, Glasgow Kelvin College.

Glasgow Kelvin College’s Indian partner in Punjab, Ludhiana Polytechnic College, has gained approval for their advanced programme in Mechanical Engineering and been granted Approved Centre status by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

Glasgow Kelvin College is extremely pleased that the partnership, which began in earnest in 2016 with the aid of UKIERI (UK India Education & Research Initiative) funding, has proved so fruitful and will continue to have a real impact on the students who take part.

Ludhiana Polytechnic Managing Director, Rahul Gupta, was delighted to receive their approval certification from the SQA, at Glasgow Kelvin’s Springburn campus.  Staff were there to lend their support at this excellent recognition of the very hard work which has gone into developing these links and quality standards.

Ludhiana Polytechnic is a major college in Punjab and is accredited at both a state and national level.  Like Glasgow Kelvin College, they are keen to further develop the partnership as a long-term STEM based initiative, encompassing other disciplines where they can collaborate and continue the process of knowledge and skills exchange through reciprocal visits between Glasgow and Ludhiana.

In the meantime, the next step is for Kelvin to support its partner to develop relevant course materials and procedures to deliver the SQA programme in Mechanical Engineering.

Congratulating Ludhiana Polytechnic College, Alan Inglis, Vice Principal – Curriculum and Quality Enhancement at Glasgow Kelvin College said:

“We are very proud to have been able to support Ludhiana Polytechnic through this process.  Rahul Gupta and his team have worked hard with our staff here at Glasgow Kelvin College.  We look forward to developing further our partnership with them and to the impact this will have on students and their learning .  Well done to all concerned.”

Rahul Gupta, Managing Director of Ludhiana Polytechnic College, added:

“My thanks go to the Scottish Qualifications Authority and to Glasgow Kelvin College who have supported us to achieve our SQA Approved Centre status.  It has been a lot of hard work and commitment and I am so happy that we have reached this milestone.”

Alistair Shaw, Head of International at SQA, said:

“We’re delighted to be able to confirm SQA Approved Centre status to Ludhiana Polytechnic, and I wish the students and staff in Punjab, and those working with them here at Glasgow Kelvin College the very best for their future endeavours.”

About Glasgow Kelvin College

Glasgow Kelvin College is the key provider of accessible vocational and core-skills learning in the north and east of the city.  We deliver high-quality introductory to degree-level programmes to around 15,000 students each year from four campus buildings and through a large network of community-based centres.  Engaging with communities which experience high levels of deprivation, the College works with partners to create inclusive progression opportunities in a vibrant and sustainable environment for the learners, communities and stakeholders which we serve.  The College also has generated a diverse range of international partnerships in India, Russia and across mainland Europe.

About SQA:

SQA helps individuals realise their potential and achieve their ambitions by providing a wide range of high quality, internationally recognised qualifications and associated services. We work with schools, colleges, universities and training organisations to develop, deliver and accredit qualifications and assessments.

SQA also awards a range of other qualifications, including customised awards, to meet the needs of individual companies and organisations. We provide advice, support, and services, such as expertise in assessment, that enable organisations to meet a range of educational, development and regulatory requirements.