Framework to boost Vocational Education 2012
A national framework to promote vocational education will be unveiled this month to meet the requirement of skilled hands for driving industrial growth, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal today said.
The National Vocational Education Qualification Framework will address the needs and demands of various sectors like automobile, telecom and entertainment industry to meet manpower requirements, he said here.
Addressing a function organised by ASSOCHAM, Sibal said the courses will be imparted from Class VIII.
“In May this year we are going to unfold what is called the national vocation education (qualification) framework,” said HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.
The Ministry had in February this year set up a GoM of education of various states to prepare a roadmap for implementation of the framework.
Sibal said at the completion of the programme students will be awarded a CBSE vocational course degree much like the CBSE academic degree they get today.
“The vocational programme will comprise 10 levels of vocational credit. If you complete a 100 hours, you get a certificate at the end, if you complete 200 hours, you reach level II, if 300 hours, you reach level III.
There are 10 levels moving from Class VIII to Class XII,” he said, adding, one can also go on to pursue vocational programme in the university system.
Speaking at a function organised by ASSOCHAM, he said increasing the gross enrolment ratio is vital for the country if it has to be counted among the developed nations.
“The latest gross enrolment ratio at the moment is 16 per cent. It must be increased to 30 per cent if you want India to be a developed nation”, he said.
Seeking the support of the industry for establishment of more colleges and universities to realise the target, he said the country would require another 1000 universities and about 40,000 colleges because the number of students going to colleges will increase from 14 million to 45 million.
Along with increasing the enrolment ratio, Sibal felt getting the best minds to the teaching profession is also the biggest challenge for the country.
“Unless the best mind in India goes to education, we will never be able to do it. We need a paradigm change in our national priorities. Our best mind must go to education,” he said.
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