All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has designed the National Vocational Curriculum Framework under which students can take up courses in industry sectors such as automobile, tourism, IT starting from standard IX.
S S Mantha,Chairman, AICTE gave details of this 1,000 hours system, which combines skill and education – skill to be provided by the industry and educational content by the institutions.
He said, “Nearly 80% of the workforce doesn’t have a system to provide training. Of the 12.8 million new entrants to the workforce, only 3.1 million get training. The vocational education scenario is not very encouraging as only 3% of the total population goes for it. To bridge the gap between industry and academia, we have framed this curriculum where students will get an opportunity to enter at the level they find appropriate.”
Mantha said, “The levels for vocational courses will begin from standard IX and standard X would be the second level. After that standard XI and XII would be third and fourth level, which students can pursue while in junior colleges. After the third, fourth and fifth levels, students can bag their diploma in polytechnic. If students do the sixth and seventh in polytechnic college, they will get the advanced diploma, and if they pursue the fifth, sixth and seventh level while in university, they would get the bachelor’s degree.”