In a major move, Delhi Government has asked the central government to treat the Bachelor of Vocational Degrees (BVoc) equally as the other bachelor degrees. The state govt has also urged to allow the vocational graduates should be eligible to appear for the Civil Service Examinations.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia, the government also raises the issue of universities like Delhi University not treating the students who have taken vocational studies in class 12 equally to the other students.
The minister while speaking to the media raised the question of how the goal of giving a push to vocational education as mentioned in the new National Education Policy can be achieved when the system does not respect those with skill education. He further added that students with vocational subjects or skill-based subjects in class 12 gave a disadvantage in admissions in universities like Delhi University while the students pursuing Bachelor of Vocational courses are also not treated equally to the other graduates. He pointed out that these students do not get equal opportunities in Higher Education or Jobs and they are also not eligible to appear for the Civil Service examinations.
The New Education Policy which was earlier approved by the Cabinet has noted that Vocational Education is perceived to be inferior to mainstream education and meant largely for the students unable to cope with the same. The NEP also aims to overcome the social status hierarchy associated with vocational education and requires the integration of Vocational education programmes into mainstream education in all the educational institutions in phases.