Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New norms for vocational study

In order to address the skill shortage, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has proposed a National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF) on international lines to link various qualifications and set common principles and guidelines for nationally recognized qualification system. Eleven countries presently have NVQFs including Australia, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Switzerland and the UK.

The unified system of national qualification will cover schools, vocational education and training institutions and higher education sector. NVQF is based on nationally recognized occupational standards which details listing of all major activities that a worker must perform in the occupation or competency standards - a detailed listing of the knowledge, skills and attitude that a worker should possess to perform a task written by the particular employment-led sector skills council.

NVQF, to be discussed in the meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), is to implement PM Manmohan Singh's stress to set up a Vocational Education Mission. CABE will also discuss new legislations like the NCHER Bill, setting up of national depository for certificates and issues like common science and mathematics curriculum in Class 11 and 12.

The PM had declared setting up of 1,600 new industrial training institutes and polytechnics,10,000 new vocational schools and 50,000 new skill development centres to ensure 10 million students get vocational training. Currently, 17 ministries / departments deliver vocational educational training programs to 2.8 million people.

Source: The Times of India, June 16, 2010

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