Building top-notch skilled workforce is the only remedy to reduce unemployment
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. 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.
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.
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.
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. “The programme is expected to cater to at least five million students for vocational degree and diploma every year.”