Published On: Wed, Jul 27th, 2011

Govt to increase focus on Vocational Education

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The Human Resource Development Ministry is all set to focus on vocational education and promote it. As per the statistics, even after achieving a Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of 30%, there would be 150 million or more youth who would require vocational education.

Therefore, the HRD ministry is developing a concerted strategy of vocationalisation of education.

There are several proposals being presented which includes vocationalisation through short and medium term training for skill formation with one and two year diplomas/associate degrees (sub degree or diploma of various duration) may be considered in (a) degree imparting technical or general colleges, (b) polytechnics, community colleges, vocational colleges.

The centre is also planning to target a 50% enrolment in vocational education sector of higher education by 2020.

A national level body to promote, maintain standards, define qualifications and issue guidelines to universities and colleges to maintain standardization for vocational courses may be established.

Flexibility and mobility between diploma and degree holders also needs to be encouraged through National Educational Qualifications Framework.
All these proposals were discussed at a recent HRD meeting held at the Indian Institute of Technology – Guwahati.