UGC Scheme for Introducing Vocational Education in Higher Education under the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF)
Introducing Vocational Education in Higher Education
The University Grants Commission (UGC) is launching, for the first time, a scheme on introducing vocational education as a part of college/university education, leading to Degree/Advanced Diploma/Diploma. The scheme is formulated on the guidelines spelt out in the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF) and the stipulations of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Career-orientation and vocational courses are need of the hour as a large student population will have to be prepared to be skilled resource enabled to contribute to the economic growth and development of the country. The proposed vocational programmes will be a judicious mix of skills, professional education related to the skills and also appropriate content of general education so that an aspirant who joins vocational programmes is, in no way, handicapped to benefit from lateral and vertical mobility in the pursuit of career in a chosen field of interest.
Levels of CertificationThe certification levels as envisaged for higher education will lead to vocational Degree/Advanced Diploma/Diploma in a vocational area and will be offered under the aegis of the University. This is out-lined in Table-I. The obligation of the university will commence from Level 5.
The levels of certification in respect of vocational qualifications at the Degree/Advanced Diploma/Diploma will have the following nomenclature:
Degree/Advanced Diploma/Diploma (Specialization offered), for example:
- B.Voc. (Farm Equipment and Engineering)
- B.Voc. (Theatre and Stage Craft)
4. Vocational Sectors and Related Specializations
The AICTE being the statutory authority for approving and recognizing vocational programmes has initially identified the following sectors (Table 2) and specializations currently available for approval by the AICTE. The Colleges willing to undertake vocational programme offerings will initially identify areas from amongst these. Affiliated colleges desirous of conducting vocational programmes shall apply on line at www.aicte.india.org and details of the programme can be located at www.aicte-india.org > education > vocational education.
The above is only suggestive to launch the programme as a beginning in the field of vocational education. Other sectors and specializations which the institutions may like to identify can be added to the initial list following appropriate procedures with the AICTE/University concerned. The University shall place the proposed vocational programmes before the concerned academic bodies of the university for approval.
The eligibility conditions for admission to vocational programmes at the college level shall be the following:
- Candidates who have passed higher secondary in the vocational/academic stream.
- Candidates who have passed vocational programme at the higher secondary stage through Open and Distance Learning (ODL), for example, from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), State Open Schools (SOS), or equivalent.
- Candidates qualifying from Polytechnics with equivalent qualification to higher secondary.