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Aimed at catering to 5 million students for vocational degree and diploma annually, the HRD ministry launched the National Vocational Educational Qualification Framework (NVEQF) on Tuesday. These sector specific vocational programmes will be offered from the 2012-13 academic session across wide range of educational institutions under the AICTE. Launching the nationwide initiative, HRD minister Kapil Sibal said, “For each sector we have already prepared at least one course which will be offered from 2012-13 academic this year. The programmes will start from class IX which is level one and will go up to level VII, on completion of which a student will get a degree. The sector specific programmes include courses in information technology, media, entertainment, telecommunications, mobile communications, automobile, construction, retail, food processing, tourism, jewellery design and fashion design, among others."
Envisioned as an initiative to boost the gross enrolment ratio from 15% to 30% by 2020 and simultaneously provide meaningful employment, the scheme proposes seven certificate levels with each one comprising approximately 1,000 hours of teaching. Students stand to get a diploma for vocational education after the certificate level five and a degree after level seven in the university system. The programmes will be offered by polytechnics, engineering colleges and other colleges in the university system. The students will be certified by the respective boards in case of schools, and institutions and universities. "In future, we are planning to offer level I and II in CBSE schools from where a student can directly go to a polytechnic. More over there is no age bar and the system will allow multi-exit entry system. Students of higher class can join at a higher level by doing a bridge course”, said Sibal. AICTE would provide the requisite statutory approvals to any institution wishing to conduct these programmes from this academic session.
Courtesy: Times of India
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