The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) have joined hands to provide vocational training to students of class 10 and class 12. The courses will be based on National Occupational Standards (NOS) set up by the industry through the respective Sector Skill Councils (SSCs).
NIOS students will have the option to select one vocational course as part of their five subjects in class 10 and 12. The marks of this subject will be clubbed with the four other academic subjects to get NIOS certification for class 10 and 12. At present, the programme has been launched as a pilot in few sectors of Delhi an NCR covering 1,00,000 students. The pre-pilot phase was launched today in four sectors – security, retail, telecom and gems and jewellery.
“We are honoured to partner with NSDC for introducing these vocational courses as part of our curriculum. This will enhance the employability of our students and make them job ready,” said Dr Sitanshu S Jena, Chairman of NIOS. Appreciating the partnership, Atul Bhatnagar, Chief Operating Officer, NSDC said, “We are honoured to partner with NIOS in this unprecedented initiative. I encourage students to make the best of this opportunity. The skill certificate will be their partner for life and will give their career a great boost. We are confident of the success of this pre-pilot programme. We will soon look at extending this to other states as well.”
After completion of the course, students will be certified with a degree which will enable them to get employed.