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Improved vocational training standards sought by HRD Ministry

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Interactions are being held between HRD Ministry and representatives from various industry segments in order to improve the standards of vocational education in the country. The initiative began in order to ensure that the students become better skilled and more employable in future. In a unique initiative, HRD Minister interacted with the representatives from Automobile Industry in a round table organized by AICTE.

The agenda of the meeting was automobile industry specific vocational education. A core group headed by Dr R Seshasayee, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland has been constituted to develop the curriculum specific to this sector. The committee would be submitting its recommendations to MHRD within 3 months.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has outlined the importance of industry friendly training. He mentioned that a separate section will be created within the CBSE to promote vocational education. The decision will be implemented at the senior secondary level with the Central Board of Secondary Education and then will spread to the state educational boards.

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The HRD ministry is targeting mid-2011 to put in place a national vocational education framework that will give students from Class 8 onwards the option of choosing from a range of subjects including hospitality, electronics and automobiles that they would study alongside their regular syllabus.

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