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National Vocational Education Qualification Framework 30 May, 2012

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National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF), MHRD’s ambitious project, aims at creating a pool of skilled professionals by inculcating vocational education into conventional education said Dr. Isaac P Kuncheria, Member Secretary, AICTE.

He was interacting with the participants as part of the National Weekly Discussions through A-VIEW on May 30, 2012.

Wanted: Dynamic labour force

While speaking about NVEQF, Dr. Issac said “The development of skilled manpower for diversified sectors through short-term and structured job-oriented courses is the highlight of this project. The thrust should be on building world-class workforce, they can be utilized not only in India but also in abroad too.”

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The NVEQF will provide multi-level entry and exit options to students. Through this facility, they can start working after class XII and can pursue their studies at any level. He said that NVEQF will link schools, vocational institutes and colleges with one system and will provide placement assistance.

Certification

The programme will start from Class IX onwards (certification level 1) where out of 1,000 teaching hours each year, 200 hours will be devoted for vocational courses. There will be such seven levels of certification ending at the university level.

Key sectors

The courses offered under the programme include agriculture, BPO/ITeS, construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, chemical industry, banking, finance, electronics, tourism, retail, sales and marketing, telecommunications, security and facilities management, motor vehicle engineering, etc.

Answering to a question, Dr. Issac said “The programme is expected to cater to at least five million students for vocational degree and diploma every year.”

Participants

Around 21 Universities including North Maharastra University, MS University Of Baroda, Gujarat Ayurved University, Punjab Technical University, Pondicheery University, Central University of Karnataka and Indian Naval Academy attended the session.

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