Vocational education for tech colleges

New Delhi: Government`s ambitious National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF) programme, which aims to feed the industry with skilled hands, was today launched here for polytechnic and engineering colleges. Unveiling the initiative, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said multiple sectors were involved in developing the syllabi which enunciates the requirements of the industry for the skills that are necessary.

While NVEQF will start from class IX onwards, today`s launch was from the level of polytechnic onwards. In all, there will be seven levels of certification ending at the university level. The unique part of the vocational framework is that it will be integrated with mainstream education and thus provide students multi-level entry and exit options to enable them to seek employment after class XII.

Any student under NVEQF can be sure that the institution is government authorised and nationally accredited and that the degree and other qualifications are genuine, said AICTE chairman S S Mantha. The framework would link schools, vocational and university education qualifications into one national system. Sibal said the National Skill Development Council is in the process of launching the `national occupational standards` supporting NVEQF. He said `skill knowledge providers` will also be engaged under the framework to certify students seeking to enter certification level 3.