New Delhi: A group of state education
Ministers will be constituted to suggest ways for
strengthening vocational education at all levels and develop a
broad consensus on the contours of the proposed National
Vocational Education Qualifications Framework (NVEQF).
The decision was taken at a meeting here to discuss
policy reforms on vocational education and put in place a
framework for the purpose.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, who chaired the meeting,
told reporters on its sidelines that their aim is to frame up
NVEQF by May-June this year.
"It is important that State education ministers
support us in our endeavour," he said, adding, "If we want to
prepare 50 crore children for employment, which is a `national
priority`, then state and centre has to work together and
industry should also cooperate."
India`s national skill development policy aims to
train 50 crore people by 2022.
This was the second meeting with the state governments
on the issue. The first meeting held a month back, failed to
make any headway as a handful of states had turned up.
Today`s meeting was attended by 17 State Ministers and
Secretaries, heads of UGC, AICTE, IGNOU, NCERT, NUEPA, CBSE
and NIOS and representatives from National Skill Development
Corporation and from industry associations ASSOCHAM, CII and
The vocational framework would set common principles
and guidelines for a nationally recognized qualification
system, covering schools, vocational education institutes and
institutes of higher education with qualifications ranging
from secondary to doctorate level, leading to international
recognition of national standards.
"The framework will be a competency based modular
approach with provision for credit accumulation and transfer.
Students would have the scope for vertical and horizontal
mobility with multiple entry and exits," said a statement
issued by the Ministry.
A view emerged that the educational institutions could
allow its premises to be used after working hours for skill
development, the statement said.
Earlier, the HRD Ministry had also held consultations
with several sectors on the vocational education curriculum