National Vocational Educational Framework on the Anvil: Kapil Sibal


May 06, 2011 12:05 IST India Infoline News Service

Ministry of Human Resources Development is going to unfold the “National Vocational Educational Framework’ in the month of May working together with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
Inaugurating the 7th ASSOCHAM International Educational Summit, Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resources Development said, “We are going to develop a vocational educational programme for the students in class 8th to the +2 levels called the “National Vocational Qualification Framework”. Students pursuing the vocational educational programme will thus, receive CBSE Vocational Degree on the lines of current CBSE academic degree.”
Emphasizing on the need for introducing skillful and resourceful courses for skilled development, Mr. Sibal said, “there is a grave need for skill development in India and colleges, universities in India need to develop specialsed courses evidently as, institutes in India are not producing skilled graduates which can be employed in our industries, factories.”
Speaking on the need for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Sibal said, FDI in education sector is a necessary imperative and a global need. We need to collaborate with foreign companies in this regard.
Further, elaborating the role of private sector in India’s education sector, Mr. Sibal said that we need to work together with the private sector for a flexible education system in India as such a move will consequently result in efficient management of education services in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, the HRD minister further pointed out that, a partnership between the government and the private sector in the education sector will help the government in delivering quality services to the pupil together with expertise of the private sector.
Speaking on the issue of lack of faculty he said that education being a state subject, there are various hurdles in the recruitment of the faculty in our schools, colleges which are facing huge dearth of teachers.
“We are constantly working on the issues of solving enormous problems like lack of infrastructure, absence of teachers  etc. to minimize the number of school, college drop-outs”, said the minister addressing the issue of problems faced by Indian education sector.
He also clarified that to be a developed nation India needs to increase the current gross enrollment ratio of 16 per cent to at least 30 per cent, considering that national wealth of any country is produced through intellectual property in educational system.
“I’ll increase the gross enrollment ratio to 30 per cent by 2020, that’s my task and for that Right to Education act fits in very well considering if you have 100 per cent retention in school the gross enrollment ratio will apparently increase”, said the minister.
Amongst others who spoke on the occasion included Mr. Stewart Beck, High Commissioner of Canada, Mr. Dilip Modi, President, ASSOCHAM , Mr. Vinay Rai, Chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Education and Mr. D.S. Rawat, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM.

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