Kapil Sibal launched a pilot project for Vocational Education in secondary/higher secondary schools in 40 schools of Haryana in Gurgaon today. Also present was the Chief Minister of Haryana Shri Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Education Minister of Haryana Ms. Geeta Bhukhal. This Government of India pilot project in conjunction with the Government of Haryana is for the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF), which is a nationally integrated education and competency based skill framework that will provide for multiple pathways both within vocational education and between general and vocational education to link one level of learning to a higher level starting from any point in education or in skills. The framework is aimed at enhancing the employability of students who choose to leave for the job market and is based on a competency based modular approach with provision for credit accumulation and transfer. The Sector Skill councils (SSC) with representatives mainly from industry and potential employers have been set up by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and include sectors like IT, Retail, Security, Automobile and Energy, which have helped in evolving the occupational standards, curriculum and assessment packages and training modules for the four key sectors in which the Haryana pilot is being launched.
There would be a shift from the present fragmented to unified vocational education governance. This would pave the way for imparting locally relevant education leading to skill development and enhancement of employability, arresting drop outs and also bringing back school drop outs into the fold of formal and informal VE.
The NVEQF also attempts to bring about a perception change in the way society views vocational education and restore its relevance in enhancing the employability of the country’s youth. The Centrally sponsored Scheme for ‘Vocationalisation of Secondary Education’ under which this pilot has been initiated provides for financial support for both infrastructural and capacity building in schools to inter alia introduce vocational courses, recruit trained teachers, to partner with local industry to provide hands on training. The launch is the outcome of multiple stakeholders, that includes NSDC, SSCs, PSSCIVE Bhopal, CBSE, the State Govt, the State Secondary Education Board, coming together to actively contribute and coordinate their efforts successfully.