Published On: Tue, Apr 5th, 2011

Vocational education high on HRD Ministry’s agenda

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The Human Resource Development Ministry has zeroed down on three major areas that will get priority in the 12th Five-Year Plan starting April 2012. Vocational education, research universities and faculty development are the three areas that will be on government’s priority.The paper outlining the vision of the government says vocational students should account for 50 per cent of all enrolment in higher education by 2020. At present, that figure is less than 5 per cent.

HRD Ministry has already started work on vocational education framework under which students can switch from the general to vocational stream and come back at a later stage, if they wish to. The blueprint moots for a national body to promote and maintain standards in vocational education by framing guidelines for such institutions.

C.P. Bhambri, a social scientist and former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) professor, said vocational education had remained neglected for long and it was high time it got priority.

“After Class X and XII, you need to diversify the education system. Everybody does not necessarily fit into the general stream. There is no proper culture for vocational education in the country, as a result of which general education is crowded.”

The paper says that government plans to set up 50 research universities each focusing on specific themes.

The paper also mentions the need for faculty development, saying state governments should be encouraged to set up human resource planning and management centres in higher education.

The concept paper will be considered by the Planning Commission, which prepares the final plan document.

[Source: The Telegraph]